The Presiding Bishop of Perez Chapel International, Benjamin Ohene Aboagye, has announced a one-week fast accompanied by prayers for all members worldwide in response to the Nogokpo controversy involving the Church.
On behalf of Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder of the Church, who is currently on an international mission, Bishop Aboagye conveyed the stance of the Church’s Board Council on the Nogokpo matter during a church service.
Archbishop Agyinasare clarified that he had no intention of disparaging the people of Nogokpo town or the Volta Region as a whole. In his sermon delivered in Accra on Sunday, May 28, he explained that his comments were meant to reference an incident that occurred after a crusade held in the area.
The Archbishop clarified, “I wish to clarify that I never intended to refer to the town but an incident that happened after a crusade at Aflao. I had absolutely no intention to cast a slur on the people of Nogokpo town and the Volta Region as a whole.” He further emphasized his positive relationship with the people of the Volta Region, including his wife’s Ewe heritage and his commitment to serving Ghana as a spiritual leader.
Archbishop Agyinasare expressed regret over the issues surrounding his statement and acknowledged any misrepresentations or misinformation that arose from subsequent commentary and reportage. He assured the public that his ministry has consistently spoken up during critical times in the nation’s history and reaffirmed his dedication to serving God’s people and the nation.
The controversy emerged after the Archbishop preached about divine protection and the existence of evil forces during a summit at the Perez Chapel headquarters in Accra. Following the online publication of a video containing his sermon, the Church leader faced heavy criticism in the media. The people of Nogokpo, including the Dufia of Nogokpo, Torgbi Sabah V, and other prominent individuals from the area, such as Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Member of Parliament for Ketu South, called for an apology over the Archbishop’s comment.
It is important to note that Nogokpo, known for its traditions and the powerful shrine of Zakadza, is not a demonic headquarters, contrary to misconceptions that have arisen. Several individuals, including Mr. Jonas Fotor Agbagba, Assembly member for Nogokpo/Atsivuta, and Mr. Israel Selikem Bossman, Assembly member for Denu, have expressed support for the people of Nogokpo while seeking clarification and understanding from Bishop Agyinasare. Zakadza, in the Fon language, represents the Yewe god of thunder, comparable to the Shango cult of the Yoruba or Thor of ancient Scandinavians.