Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nartey George, has questioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, on a recent press statement from the Ghana Police Service which was released to caution religious leaders about prophecies of doom ahead of today’s 31st December Night Celebrations.
In a series of Facebook posts, the Ningo-Prampram lawmaker asked the IGP to educate him on the part of Ghana’s Criminal Codes that bars prophecy.
He also wondered what exactly the IGP will be charging Pastors and Prophets with if they prophecy tonight.
According to him, he is completely against any form of State regulation of religion.
He further revealed that he took a similar position when Rt. Hon. Mike Ocquaye suggested a legislation to regulate Church services during working hours.
“I asked if the legislation would also cover jummah prayers on Friday during working hours and visits to shrines during working hours? See where I am going?” he stated.
He believes that “there is a good reason why our criminal jurisprudence is silent on religious expressions of spirituality so long as they sit within the context of societal acceptability.”
According to him, even though he is against religious leaders who are using prophecy as a way of fleecing the public, it is wrong to use those few religious leaders to describe the entirety of men of God.
“Now to the vexed issue of prophecies, trust me, I am fully against any charlatan using prophecy as a way of fleecing the public. I denounce those ‘fakes’ who after eating bad food, claim to have ‘seen things’. I am however also against any attempt to use those few unscrupulous elements to describe the entirety of God’s Generals,” the Ningo-Prampram lawmaker stated.
He added that “it is for this reason I am against any attempt to gag prophecies by any law enforcement officer. It is NOT in their place to determine which prophecy is fake or true. They are yet to show me in particular that the ‘yen gy3 biom’ would really work.”
He suggested that “as a way of bringing sanity, we can start by ensuring all Churches are properly registered with the Registrar-Generals. As part of their ‘regularisation’ process would be evidence of membership of one of the recognised Christian organisations like GPCC, NACCC, CCG etc. Let us place the mandate of regulation with the umbrella bodies and empower them to effect sanctions in conjunction with the Ministry of Chieftancy and Religious Affairs.”
“And for those saying prophecy is bad yet you are checking your horoscopes and reading your palms or visiting that marabout or fetish priest, you are as guilty as the Prophets you criticise.”
“My prophecy for 2022 is great success and victories as a crowning glory for your hard work. Cheers to a great 2022,” he concluded.