|Rev. Prof. Asante, Chairman of NPC|
The National Peace Council (NPC) has added its voice to the calls for the blacklisting of prophets who prophesy doom by media and the general public.
In a statement signed by its National chairman, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, the council appealed to the media to restrain themselves as much as possible from giving space to “so called prophets whose business may only be to draw attention to themselves”. NPC further appealed to Ghanaians “to restrain themselves from patronising the services of these so called prophets so as not to give them legitimacy and endorsement for the sake of national cohesion and harmony.”
The NPC’s call follows a similar call made by Rev. Dr. Opuni-Frimpong, former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Churches, and the NDC Member of Parliament for the North Tongue Constituency, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
There has been concerns from Ghanaians about some ‘prophecies’ of some prophets in the country following pronouncements made by some of these ‘prophets’ during last year’s 31st December all night services.
Owusu Bempah’s Prophecies
One of the prophets whose prophecies have stoked controversies accross a spectrum of Ghanaians is the founder of Glorious Word and Power
Ministries International Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah who prophesiced the death of a number of Ghanaian statesmen such as former President J.A. Kufuor, the National Chief Imam, Sheihk Nuhu Sharabutu, the vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, former President J.D Mahama among others.
Attack on Owusu Bempah’s church
Following the prophecies, some Zongo Youth on Wednesday 2nd January, 2019 attacked the Odorkor branch of the Glorious Word and Power Ministries International vandalizing properties at the church. The youth who attacked the church premises also called on the prophet to render an apology to the National chief Imam.
Chief Imam’s Call
The National Chief Imam later called for calm and urged the youth to restrain themselves from any illegal act.
The chief Imam’s call was followed by a similar call by the Minister for Zongo and Inner city Development, Dr. Mustapha Hamid.
Speaking on the attacks, the NPC has called on Ghanaians to desist from taking the law into their own hands in an attempt to vent their spleen over so-called doomsday prophecies in the country.
“The National Peace Council appeals to all Ghanaians not to resort to any criminal activity in attempt to respond to these so-called prophets. Let us remember that it is always better and productive to use non-violent means to address our issues,” the statement signed by Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Board Chairman of the National Peace Council stated.
The NPC’s statement also condemned prophecies that seem to be igniting some disquiet among a section of Ghanaians.
“The National Peace Council is deeply concerned, and calls on all religious leaders to conduct their activities with the highest circumspection, and responsibility, to ensure that in the exercise of their religious freedom, they do not undermine and violate the rights of other citizens.” The statement said.