The Presiding Bishop of Perez Chapel International, Benjamin Ohene Aboagye, announced on Sunday, June 4, that a one-week fast with prayers will be held for all members worldwide regarding the Nogokpo controversy involving the Church. Representing Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, who is currently on an international mission, Bishop Aboagye shared the stance of the Church’s Board Council on the Nogokpo matter during a church service.
Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder and leader of Perez Chapel International, clarified that he had no intention to disrespect the people of Nogokpo town or the Volta Region. In a sermon delivered on Sunday, May 28, in Accra, he explained that his comments were not meant to denigrate the people of Nogokpo or the Volta Region.
The Archbishop clarified that he was referring to an incident that occurred after a crusade held in the Aflao area, not Nogokpo town. He emphasized that his intention was to illustrate instances of encountering manifestations of demonic powers during his global crusades, citing examples from different countries. The Archbishop expressed regret for any misinterpretation or misinformation surrounding his statement and reaffirmed his commitment to serving Ghana as a spiritual leader.
Following the video’s publication online, the Church leader faced heavy criticism in the media, prompting reactions from the people of Nogokpo, including statements from the Dufia of Nogokpo, Torgbi Saba V. Other prominent individuals from the region, such as Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Member of Parliament for Ketu South, called for an apology regarding the Archbishop’s comment.
It is important to note that Nogokpo is famous for its traditions and the powerful shrine of Zakadza, which is considered the Yewe god of thunder, similar to the Shango cult of the Yoruba or Thor of ancient Scandinavians. Some individuals from the community expressed their disagreement with the Archbishop’s remarks, emphasizing that Nogokpo is not a demonic headquarters.
The Church’s announcement of a one-week fast with prayers aims to address the controversy and seek divine guidance and unity among its members during this challenging period.