The Smart Show host on Smart TV, Blessed Godsbrain Smart has revealed some of the gods residing in some rivers in the country have fled to neighbouring Burkina Faso.
He says the ‘impotence’ of many of these gods when they’re invoked explains their exit which comes as a result of pollution of their habitats through galamsey activities.
Speaking on the Smart Show Tuesday, May 25, 2021, keenly followed by Ghanasonline.com, he noted many chiefs have looked on for galamsey to go on in their communities, taking royalties from this illegal enterprise and turn around to complain about polluted water bodies.
His comments come on the back of some chiefs in the Ashanti region who are instigating one US based Ghanaian social media influencer, Twene Jonas, on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Twene Jonas in a viral social media video castigated some chiefs for allowing galamsey activities in their area. The trending video resulted in some chiefs who rained curses on Twene Jonas, including a young man who was later assaulted by some youth on behalf of Jonas.
But in a rebuttal video, Mr. Twene explained that he never spoke against the Asantehene, but rather, those chiefs engaged in the galamsey want to incite him against Otumfuo.
It is based on this that Mr. Smart has asked such chiefs to prioritise the welfare of their people at the expense of the tokens they take from these illegal miners.
“The gods in the rivers in Ghana have fled to Burkina because the gods know some of the chiefs are not thinking well. When you (chiefs) pour libation these days do the gods listen to you? When you invoke curses do they work? You have watched galamseyers to pollute the rivers with cyanide and mercury and you want to call these same gods? They’re not there. They’ve left for Burkina Faso,” he said.
He added that the Ghana Health Service research at the mining areas show 6 out of 10 youth have been diagnosed with cancer.
Mr. Smart further revealed some chiefs receive as much as GHS13 million royalties from mining annually but have left their communities impoverished.
These chiefs are those he referred as “nation wreckers”.
He charged the youth in galamsey communities to mobilise and go to demand explanation from their chiefs, why their rivers have been polluted.