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General News of Monday, 27 August 2018


Don't join the world to crucify Otabil - Duncan-Williams urges Christians

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has urged Christians not to join a worldly campaign to crucify popular pastor, Mensa Otabil, over his role in the collapse of a bank.

He said unlike unbelievers, Christians are under God's constitution "to judge not that you may not be judged".

"So shut your mouth. Stop talking about things you don't understand," he directed his message to Christians.

Founder and Head Pastor of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Mensa Otabil, who was chairman of the Ghanaian-owned Capital Bank, has been under strong criticisms after the bank collapsed.

The Bank of Ghana which revoked the bank's license said it had become insolvent.

Since the August 2017 collapse of the bank, several stories about the poor management of the bank and weak supervisory role of the bank's board have emerged.

Its founder, William Ato Essien, is under investigation as are other shareholders and directors. Pastor Otabil has said he is cooperating with investigations.

Some Christians run the #istandwithotabil on social media in solidarity with the pastor and explained, it is about protecting the revered pastor's honour against ungodly and unsavory attacks.

But the hastag also faced severe critcisms and was deemed insensitive to the plight of the workers who had lost their jobs at Capital bank.

Speaking on the saga, the founder of Action Chapel International, Archbishop Duncan-Williams, told Christians, "you talk too much".

The charismatic Christian leader said he has taken a personal position to "let the authorities handle the situation" because he does not know the full details of Otabil's involvement.

The Archbishop urged Christians to do same.

He led the congregation in prayer and asked that "truth and justice" prevail in the matter as well as "mercy".

"Father, we do not rejoice at the hurt of any one of your children. We commit the whole situation in your care," he said with the congregation joining in "amen".