The National Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba has expressed shock at Rev. Kusi Boateng Secretary to the Board of National Trustees to the National Cathedral for accusing the NDC grassroots mobiliser of allegedly attacking religious leaders.
Akamba has described as blatant lies and further dare the Man of God to name those he is alleged to have attacked or render an unqualified apology to him for forgiveness.
His comment follows an interview the General Overseer of the Power Chapel Nationwide Church Rev. Kusi Boateng granted to a Kumasi-based Radio FM days ago to react to claims by former President Mahama who said President Akufo-Addo and the NPP are fond of vilifying religious leaders for expressing their views on national issues.
According to him, the NPP government has treated religious leaders better than past governments. He further noted that Mr. Mahama should channel his energy to calling Joshua Akamba and Johnson Asiedu Nketia to order because they are on record to have insulted pastors in the country.
“I think if the Former President has any advice to give, he should first start from his own house; the likes of Joshua Akamba and Johnson Asiedu Nketia are very much on record to have insulted and denigrated Pastors in this country,” Rev. Kusi Boateng said as quoted by Mynewsgh.com.
Reacting to the allegations by the pastor, the National Organizer of the NDC in a statement to ModernGhana News has described those claims as blatant lies. He denied ever attacking any religious leader as he dares Rev. Kusi Boateng to provide proof for his claims.
“I wish to use this medium to dare Rev Kusi Boateng, to name any religious leader I have attacked and on which platform I did same”, Mr. Akamba stressed.
He adds, “I respect his opinions on national issues but needs to restrain from peddling such blatant lies against my person."
Joshua Akamba further advises the Pastor not to see his role as Secretary to the Board of National Trustees to the National Cathedral as a National Executive position of the New Patriotic Party but carry out his duties with candour and sobriety.
Read the full press statement from Joshua Akamba below:
NAME ANY RELIGIOUS LEADER I’VE ATTACKED OR RETRACT SUCH LIES - AKAMBA TO REV KUSI BOATENG
My attention has been drawn to some disparaging comments made by the General Overseer of the Power Chapel Nationwide Church Rev Vincent Kusi Boateng against my person on a Kumasi based radio station and reported by Mynewsgh.com
In his usual attempt to critique anything Mahama/NDC, the Secretary to the Board of Trustees for the National Cathedral peddled blatant lies, when he suggested that I, Joshua Hamidu Akamba have the penchant of attacking religious leaders who oppose the NDC.
I have enormous respect for noble men of God and have never privately or publicly, attacked any religious leader in the country.
I’m amazed, that Rev Kusi Boateng enjoys disagreeing with every stance of the NDC and continue to hail the Akufo Addo government in all his media engagements but finds it problematic when others disagree with him or any decision by the NPP.
I wish to use this medium to dare Rev Kusi Boateng, to name any religious leader I have attacked and on which platform I did same.
The Scripture admonishes true men of God not to move around as slanderers among men - Leviticus 19:16.
I will further advise him, not to see his role as Secretary to the Board of National Trustees to the National Cathedral as a National Executive position of the New Patriotic Party but carry out his duties with candour and sobriety.
I respect his opinions on national issues but needs to restrain from peddling such blatant lies against my person.
I expect him to substantiate the falsehood peddled by mentioning any religious leader I have attacked publicly or retract and unreservedly apologise.
I must also reiterate, that the decision to spend over 100 million dollars to build a National Cathedral in a nation where “no bed syndrome” continues to take away innocent lives, remains an irresponsible decision.
Exodus 23:1 - “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.
Joshua Hamidu Akamba
National Democratic Congress