The Ghana Police Service has expressed worry over the growing trend of doom prophecies made by some religious persons in the country.
According to a statement from the Police, such activities have the tendency of breaching public peace and causing fear and panic in the country.
“The Police Administration has observed with concern a worrying trend of prophecies made by religious persons about the death of certain individuals which have the tendency of breaching public peace and causing fear and panic in the country.” the statement read.
They further cautioned these preachers to be mindful of the security implications of their messages.
“The Police Administration is therefore cautioning these persons who make such pronouncements to be mindful of the security implications of their utterance”
The Media was also tasked to be circumspect in their reportage as interpretations given to the predictions from the religious leaders are “disturbing”.
“Also media reportage on such pronouncements and the interpretations put on the pronouncements in the media is also disturbing.
“As a result, the Police Administration is cautioning Editors, media practitioners, discussants and owners of media establishments to be circumspect and exercise the necessary editorial responsibility to ensure that the media is not used as a tool for aiding breach of the peace and causing fear and panic.”
Prophecies have become a daily dose in daily religious discourse, particularly prevalent amongst the Christian sect.
Preceding every new year, several prophets in the country come out with numerous predictions over the forth coming year.
The latest, being discussed are some 19 prophecies made by the founder and leader of the Glorious Word and Power Ministry International, Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah.
On New Year Eve, Rev. Owusu Bempah stated that 2019 will “sweep off prominent and mighty men in Ghana and some neighbouring countries.”
According to him, the country will mourn the death of former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia and Former President and NDC Flagbearer Aspirant John Mahama.
“In 2019, the spirit of death is welcoming them, but these deaths can be averted with prayer because they haven’t been confirmed in the spiritual realm”, he said.
Rev. Owusu Bempah also admonished President Akufo-Addo to be weary of the people he brings around him as some prominent people are plotting of ending his life through poisoning.
The Pastor also mentioned that the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu will die; a statement that did not reach the Muslim community well.
Earlier this week, some irate Muslim youth stormed the premises of the Glorious Word and Power Ministry International to register their distaste over the doom prophesy about their leader although the respected Islamic cleric called for forgiveness for Rev. Owusu Bempah.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor/universnewsroom.com