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Venerable Osofo Naate Atsele Nartey, the spokesperson of the family and son of the late Mankralo

We’ve forgiven you-Family of murdered Prampram Mankralo to ‘contract killers’

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh

THE FAMILY of the murdered Mankralo of Prampram Nene Atsure Benta III has announced they would not be part of any move to have the alleged murderers of the late Mankralo prosecuted.

According to them they have instead forgiven all those involved in the heinous crime and “We pray for all his conspirators and murderers to accept the Lord Jesus Christ of Nene Atsure Benta, because Jesus alone can fashion a new character ruined by Satan.”

Venerable Osofo Naate Atsele Nartey, the spokesperson of the family who is also a son of the late Nene Benta while addressing a press conference at Prampram described his late father as a “Godly Good Man.”

“Indisputably, one of the hardest things to do is to forgive your deadly enemy. But the Lord Jesus Christ, against carnal expectations of man, perfunctorily forgave his murderers, while hanging on the cross. As a staunched and a principled disciple of Jesus, his action would not have been anything different.”

On the backdrop of this, he said, “the entirety of the royal families of the late Mankralo is issuing this statement to overtly and unqualifiedly announce to the public their sincerest forgiveness to all contract killers involved in the murder of this ‘Godly Good Man.”

Vengeance is the Lord

According to the family, “We know that many might not see eye to eye with the stance we have taken as a family. They may be calling for justice or revenge. But vengeance is the Lord’s.

“We pray for all his conspirators and murderers to accept the Lord Jesus Christ, because Jesus alone can fashion anew a character ruined by Satan.”

According to Mr Nartey, “It is extremely imperative to let everyone know for a fact that this Christian position we have taken is not to undermine the laws of the noble society. Neither is it to encourage or perpetuate such atrocious crimes in our community.

But, added that “it is just the exercising of our Christian faith, human piety and precisely the way the late chief would have promote righteousness, peace and love.”

Who was Nene Benta?

According to him, the late Nene Benta was converted to Christianity and embarked on spiritual formation exercises in Christ and devotedly walked in that Faith until his untimely death two months after his pilgrimage in the holy land of is real and on today’s of his fast.

The 73-year-old man he said though physically frail, but he built a church, schools and promoted missionary and humanitarian work in the area.

He said, he also combined his traditional role as a Mankralo effectively with his church duty as an administrator and a financier.

He yearned to die a Christian and thus appeal to Christian organisations to assist in giving him a befitting Christian burial.

Constructive reforms in chieftaincy affairs

Mr Nartey told the media that, in his attempt to bring on board some constructive reforms suitable for modern style of chieftaincy, he was refrained practicing certain customary rites which he strongly believed could not in the least take away our identity as a people.

But unfortunately his said “his own people had a conflicting and diverging insight about his foresight for traditional and chieftaincy issues.”

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