Mahama accuses Otabil, others of hypocrisy

Mahama accuses Otabil, others of hypocrisy

Former President John Mahama has thrown shade at Mensa Otabil, the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) over what he described as his selective criticism of government.

Pastor Otabil is known to have been one of the top Ghanaian clergymen who shared their views on many national issues during the tenure of Mr Mahama as president.

But according to Mr Mahama, the ICGC General Overseer, has cut down on his criticism of government since President Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn into office in 2017.

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The sudden silence of Pastor Otabil and other clergymen, the former president stated, was hypocritical.

Addressing the NDC's UK-Ireland branch on Monday, the former president cited Pastor Otabil's recent comments that he now prefers watching animal documentaries to Ghanaian television as a clear manifestation of such hypocrisy.

"Something is pardonable when one government is in power but when another is in power it’s unpardonable, things that the media would have been so loud about under my administration, it happens every day and it’s like it’s business as usual.

"That is the hypocrisy of our civil society and religious and traditional leaders, everybody is quiet, suddenly some say they don’t watch TV anymore and that they watch animals," Former President Mahama said.

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Describing the claims as propaganda Mr Mahama added, “in our time they were not watching animals, they were watching political discussions. You’re now tired of too much politics…you’ll be tired, because your darling government is super incompetent and so you’re tired of hearing the analysis, that’s the hypocrisy we face in our country."

Pastor Otabil, it will be recalled, while preaching at the ICGC’s 34th-anniversary service on Sunday, March 4, decried the fallen standards of the media in Ghana saying he would rather watch documentaries on animals than follow discussions in the media.

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