The founder and leader of the Glorious Wave Chapel International, Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi, has come under a barrage of attacks on social media over his recent criticisms of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
YEN.com.gh reported on Thursday that Prophet Badu Kobi had literally insulted on Akufo-Addo and his government over plans to tax churches.
The Commissioner-General of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Nti, had indicated that his outfit is looking to tax church-ran businesses.
This according to the GRA boss, was because many church leaders or ‘owners’ leverage their churches to establish other businesses which generate enough money for them which must be taxed.
But reacting to the development, Badu Kobi angrily rejected the idea describing it as nonsensical for the Akufo-Addo government to even think of taxing churches.
According to him, the move contrasts promises Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) made about taxes while they were campaigning for power in 2016.
Badu Kobi thus challenged Akufo-Addo to declare his source of campaign funds and get it taxed too.
"If they want to tax the church, we must tax their campaign money and if they don't want pastors to drive the best, they should go to campaign on trucks. Nonsense.
"When they were doing their campaign, under's Ghana law, you don't take money from anywhere. Nana Akufo-Addo should come and tell me if they took money from somewhere or not because I know where they took their money from.
"I know how the campaign money came to Ghana. I'm going to expose them," he said.
Wondering why a party which came to power with the slogan 'The battle is the Lord's' was battling the church, he reiterated that he will expose the nonsense of our leaders on Sunday.
"Coming Sunday, Nana Akufo-Addo should listen to me. We are not afraid of them."
Badu Kobi further charged at the government retorting "how can you be happy and say you want to tax the church, are you a fool?"
But some Ghanaians have tongue-lashed the renowned 'man of God' for his outburst with many describing it as not worthy of a pastor.
For many of them, it was just unacceptable and they responded with harsh criticisms of their own.
Vera described Badu Kobi's outburst as madness:
Kmedia also described it as nonsense and even called him fake:
Kwame also described Badu Kobi in his own words:
Benjy had a very interesting point about churches in other countries paying taxes:
Apos described Badu Kobi as a corrupt pastor:
Furkan thought Badu Kobi's words were too harsh:
Meanwhile, Badu Kobi's position is in sharp contrast with the opinion of another popular prophet, Isaac Owusu Bempah who has given a thumbs up to government over the proposed tax.
According to Owusu Bempah who was once the spiritual father of Badu Kobi, many of his colleague pastors do sell items in church which must be taxed.
Moreover, Owusu Bempah said on Metro TV's Good Evening Ghana, they go about flaunting their riches and must therefore not be crying if they are going to be taxed.
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