Irate youth vandalise Owusu Bempah’s Church

Rev Owusu Bempah

Rev Owusu Bempah

SOME irate youth yesterday besieged the Headquarters of the Glorious Word and Power Ministries Inter- national in Accra and vandalised some property follow- ing a prophecy by the head pastor, Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah.

At the watch night service on Monday, the man of God, noted for death prophecies, predicted the death of some prominent Ghana- ian leaders including the National Chief Imam, Sheihk (Dr)Nuhu Sharubutu, the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and former President John Dramani Mahama .

This incurred the wrath of the youth, who wielding machetes, stones and other items, stormed the church in the after- noon to destroy items including plastic chairs, windows, and other items they found in the church yard.

A billboard bearing the picture of Rev Owusu Bempah was not spared as the youth attempted to pull it down. In a video that has gone viral, a man believed to be a security man, escaped his post with a towel around this waist, when the angry young invaded the church prem- ises.

Meanwhile the Spokesman of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Shuaib Arimeyao told the Ghanaian Times by phone yes- terday that, National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has not endorsed any attack on the church of Reverend Owusu Bempah.

“The issue of birth and death does not lie in the mandate or mouth or pronouncement of any living being, be he a pastor, a sheikh or Imam,” Sheikh Arimeyao said.

The spokesman of the Chief Imam said, the Chief Imam knew that at his age , he was certain that one day he would also pass on but his worry was  about some pastor making pronouncement about the death of prominent people “that has the potential of disturbing the peace of the country .” Sheikh Arimeyao said the Chief Imam by his life principles, virtues and thoughts “is inclined to peace, forgiveness, love, non-violence and especially in the larger interest of the country.”

He said the Chief Imam believes and cherishes Inter-faith dialogue and friendliness, and cautioned pastors who have the tendency to make such pronouncement to re- frain from such acts for the peace and unity of the country.

The Chief Imam’s Spokesman called on Muslims “who have been affected in one way or the other by the pronouncement to exercise restraint and keep calm,” and added that the na- tional chief Imam did endorse any act of violence. Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid the Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Devolvement has also added his voice to the call for calm.

BY JONATHAN DONKOR

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