Ghanaian businessman Akwasi Addai Odike has accused leader of International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) Pastor Mensa Otabil of concentrating on how he can exploit ‘poor’ Ghanaians while the country is striving to fight the pandemic COVID 19.
“People like Mensah Otabil and others who sit on radio to
announce that you have gotten a code so somebody should send money to you
should voluntarily donate to the country”, Mr. Odike challenged as he described
him as ‘collection oriented’.
According to the founder and bankroller of the United Front Party (UFP), churches in Ghana at this moment should have stopped taking offerings and rather offer a bunch of their heaped money to government in the fight.
President Nana Addo in his televised address to the nation that sought to update Ghanaians on the coronavirus pandemic, banned all forms of public gathering instituting social distancing as measure to prevent the spread.
Churches that were also affected by the ban, stopped all their activities including Sunday service.
Meanwhile, Churches like ICGC continued to hold service
online while faithful could send their offering to the church through a mobile
But Mr. Odike in a studio discussion on Kumasi based radio Nhyira FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, wondered why churches still chase people in such manner to exploit them
“Look at the conduct of the churches saying. I am having
church service on mobile phone send your collection and tithe through this
number. I am really saddened about some
so called pastors of churches”, he lamented
According to him, the
church as an institution in the society “It is believed to be charitable
organization and this is the time they portray habit of love for country and
not the reverse where suffering Ghanaians should send collection to you”.
Source: MyNewsGH.com / Syxtus Eshun / 2020