The General Overseer of International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), who is seen more as a motivational speaker rather than a religious man, is now the latest coup monger in town saying, he can spiritually sense evil befalling Ghana within the next one month, if Christians do not wake up and pray for the country.
Dr. Mensa Anamua Otabil is quoted as repeatedly screaming, “We make these declarations – there shall be no civil war in Ghana…there will be no military takeover in Ghana…there will be no bloodshed in Ghana…there will be no coup d’état…there will be peace in Ghana…the land shall have peace and rest…there will be prosperity in Ghana…abundance in the name of Jesus.”
According to him, “I have a sense of heaviness in my spirit concerning the destiny of this country that there is something heavy ready to fall upon this country that, if we don’t take charge of that we will be in a different state a month from now,” he stated in his sermon to the
congregation at Christ Temple on Sunday July 14, 2013.
A certain Reverend Owusu Bempa, has joined the fray claiming on Adom FM yesterday that, he can also sense civil unrest in the manners of Kenya, Cote D’Ivoire and Liberia.
The ICGC General Overseer, who had confrontation with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the run-up to the 2012 elections, over the use of his audio tapes on “Free Education” and “All-Die-Be-Die” is on record to have once publicly declared that as Ghanaians prayed for the discovery of crude oil, he personally prayed against the discovery, because in his view, oil find would make the country and its officials more
Dr. Otabil has been a regular special guest speaker at the annual William Ofori-Atta Memorial Lecture, sponsored by Nana Addo, he is also the Board Chairman of Mr. Ken-Ofori -Atta’s Data Bank and a cousin for Nana Addo.
Ken Ofori-Atta, Budu Coomson of the UT Financial Services and one Atta Krofi of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) recently suggested there could be a coup d’état.
Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta is also a board member of Central University College, a university founded by Dr. Otabil.
Dr. Otabil’s statement is not the first from a man of God concerning what could happen in this country this year, particularly as a result of
the verdict from the ongoing presidential petition in the Supreme Court.
Dr. Otabil has never had any cordial relationship with the NDC. He called NDC supporters evil, marauding forces, surrogates, among other insults over the use of his audio tapes.
Under President John Rawlings, he said Ghana had a leadership challenge, but under President Kufuor he noted that the citizenry has attitudinal challenge.
The late President Mills invited him many times to the Castle for his regular interdenominational church prayer sessions at the Independence Square in Accra to pray for Ghana, but Dr. Otabil never honoured the invitation.
Under John Mahama, when pastors were invited to the Castle again, he also refused to be part.
Dr. Otabil did not specifically mention that his heaviness has anything to do with the ongoing Supreme Court case, but he warned that Christians needed to rise up and pray, otherwise the destiny of this country would change within a month.
He urged that the destiny of this country should not be left in the hands of politicians, presidents, parliamentarians, ministers, serial callers and political party communicators, but Christians should take charge of the country’s destiny to ensure that the peace and prosperity of the country is secured.
Dr. Otabil called on Christians to learn from Elijah in the Bible, who prayed earnestly for the destiny of his country and made declarations, which came to pass, because he prayed and spoke with divine authority.
“We need to take note that Elijah was just like us and he came from Tishbi, which is a village not found on any map till date – but because he prayed earnestly he was able to make a declaration about the destiny of his country and his declaration shaped the destiny of his country,” he said.
On the back of that message, Dr. Otabil led his congregation in a passionate prayer for Ghana, after which he made even more passionate and positive declarations about the destiny of Ghana.
Dr. Otabil also charged all churches to pray that there would be no war in Ghana and that people will not be displaced and that the peace of God will continue to reign in Ghana.
Contrary to the prophecy by Dr. Mensa Otabil that something evil may befall the nation in coming weeks, Security Analyst, Emmanuel Bombande is rather optimistic peace will prevail after the Supreme Court’s pronouncement on the ongoing election petition.
Mr. Bombande, who is also the Executive Director for West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP), told Joynews that, the leadership of both ND) and the NPP have demonstrated massive commitment to ensuring peace after the verdict is declared.
He said, the two parties have been working closely with the National Peace Council in educating their followers on the need to accept the outcome of the judges’ ruling.
Shy of engaging in any encounter with the prophecy of the man of God due to his limited knowledge on spiritual matters, Mr. Bombande will, however, not rule out the possibility of people alluding to anxiety ahead of the court’s ruling.
“The underlining optimism – not because of the analysis done by my organization alone but those done by other organizations working in support of the Peace Council – will prevail,” he maintained.