Politics Of Prophesy: When Prophetic Mouths Open Too Wide – Seth Dogbe

Controversial prophet Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah has hit the news headlines again. He was heard at a radio programme with his latest prophesies on our dear President and his ruling party. Like in 2016, he predicted a massive win for President Nana Akufo Addo in the coming 2020 general elections and went further to prophesy Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the next president after Nana Akufo Addo.

At this critical juncture it must be clearly understood that this kind of prophesies do more harm than help the fortunes of the ruling New Patriotic Party. Rev. Owusu Bempah and the spirits he is working with must therefore resist the temptation of being too loud especially when prophesying on Nana Akufo Addo and who should succeed him as President. The point is that, monarchy or democracy, it is too early in the day to openly discuss anointing the next President when even the second term of our incumbent President is nowhere settled.

Lessons to Learn

Rev. Owusu Bempah was quite prominent in the 2016 NPP presidential campaign. His prayer vigils and campaign messages blended quite well into the overall national campaign. The fact however remains that while in 2016 NPP was riding on a strong irresistible wave of change, the national mood for 2020 could be completely different. So also should be the corresponding national campaign strategy.

This is because in the physical realm prophesies by themselves may not produce votes. In fact, for 2020 Rev. Owusu Bempah’s latest prophesies, although upbeat at face value, could actually represent a strong disincentive for NPP leadership and sympathizers to team up and run a well-oiled and well-organized campaign on the ground. If the party in power is so predicted to win massively, then why bother? And if the prophesy is for the Vice President to inherit our dear President after 2020 is it rational for NPP stakeholders with deep pockets or even our committed grassroots activists not known to the Vice President to provide any significant support?

Besides, the reputation for producing competent high-performing governments aside, NPP leadership, like its forebears in the Great Elephant Tradition, have yet to fully overcome the difficulties they have in connecting more effectively with the grassroots of the party for the purpose of winning battleground elections. The presidential results of 2004 even after NPP’s “So Far So Good” test rehearsals and the complacent head-in-sand Nana-One-Touch episode of 2008 vividly attest to this.

Why then should our dear President and his ruling party leadership take chances and allow themselves to fall victim to self-aggrandizing spiritual predictions now fashionable among a certain group of Christian charismatic church leaders?

Politics of Prophesy

Just recently Rev. Owusu Bempah has had a brush with the 100-year-old National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu and the general Muslim communities in Ghana. It’s all about the business of prophesying about death and dying rife among these same Christian charismatic church leaders. Like prophesies on who wins presidential elections, these spiritual church leaders were locked into a contest about whose prophesy on death and dying did come true.

Fortunately or unfortunately, Rev. Owusu Bempah’s prophesy on the National Chief Imam backfired and incurred very strong displeasure in the Muslim communities. Perhaps the present prophesy on our Vice President was to make up for the strong disapproval he received in the Muslim communities. Whichever way we see it, this prophesy on our Vice-President is bad news for NPP’s collective efforts to run a robust 2020 national campaign. It can even lead to internal faultlines within the party to crack wide open.

Ghana’s infatuation with high-profile prophesies and other spiritual predictions on the part of this crop of smart prophets is now reaching alarming proportions. Invariably, these smart prophets are founders and leaders of charismatic churches with very long names ending with “International.” They carry such titles as Bishop, Prophet, Rev. Dr., etc. They receive grand standing and special accolades when their prophesies come true. On the other hand, they tend to defend their false prophesies with esoteric and fuzzy spiritual explanations.

Counter Prophesies from Opponents

NDC’s official Flagbearer for the 2020 Presidential race is former President John Dramani Mahama. Having come tops in their presidential primaries, former President John Mahama now has the responsibility of leading the NDC party successfully into the 2020 general elections. They are totally unfazed about Rev. Owusu Bempah’s pro-NPP prophesies and also have their own counter-prophesies too.

They have their own game plans, their own calculations and algorithms. Led by a former President of the Republic on remedial campaign mission, they know what they are doing. The odds heavily stacked against them, they know they can only win 2020 by default. Luckily for them, they see that NPP attack dogs are turning on themselves and that hot heads are having the upper hand at this early stage. They also see the likelihood of NPP splitting up one more time. Meanwhile, they can only mobilize their own grassroots the best they can, hoping to get their come-back President installed once again in office.

God forbid! This calamity should not happen to Mother Ghana in 2020.

Ghana’s roller-coaster, construct-destroy, one step forward two steps backward development choreography would then have to start all over again. In all this, the last thing NPP needs is to allow itself to be sucked in by attention seeking Owusu Bempah who reaps where he has not sown.

Is Rev. Owusu Bempah really the self-acclaimed prophet for President Nana Akufo Addo and NPP? If so, then he must be told in very clear terms to be careful not to open any Pandora’s box as to break NPP’s united front that we have now come to cherish so much. If possible, he should rather sit quietly in his church and call in party reps for consultation and any requisite prayers.

At this crucial stage of industrial and national transformation, Mother Ghana needs the continuum of competent high performing governments for the next twenty years. We need to safeguard national progress and stability and not getting caught up in any politics of prophesies.