Builsa South Member of Parliament, Clement Apaak is worried that a former close ally of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has openly admitted to peddling falsehood to shield the President and government.
Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah, leader of the Glorious Word Ministries International told an Accra-based radio station last week that he had ‘lied’ in order not to make the government unpopular.
Citing one of the instances where he ‘lied’ to save the government, Reverend Owusu Bempah said, in the case of the National Cathedral, he has told some falsehoods to shield the government despite not being a member of the board of the National Cathedral.
He stated that never has he been consulted about the National Cathedral project and that he will not serve on the board if invited, yet he continues to receive abuse because of previous public statements he made in support of the project.
Reacting to the development, the Builsa South lawmaker shared a link of on Twitter and captioned it thus: “NADAA’s Prophet has spoken. When a Prophet admits that he has to lie to defend a President then you know something is mighty wrong. God save our nation!”
What exactly did Bempah say?
“People just call and insult me over the Cathedral meanwhile I’m not part. A number can just call and insult me that I’m foolish but I know nothing about it.
“Sometimes, you call me about the Cathedral and I lie to defend them but I’m not part. I was defending them. If they invite me [to the presidency], I will honour it but I can’t go without their invite,” he said.
Current status of the National Cathedral project
The project has recently been mired in a raft of controversies among others alleged corruption relating to payments made to the architect and issues of Parliamentary breaches and corporate governance issues.
North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who has been at the forefront of the exposure insists that the government has committed public funds in excess of 200 million cedis to the project.
Meanwhile, construction works on the Cathedral site have stalled due to the unavailability of funds.