The founder and leader of the Lighthouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills over the weekend, rendered an apology to the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II over a leaked audio recording that went viral on social media.
In the said audio, the renowned global evangelist preached a sermon about kingship, during which he used the Asantehene as an example, and questioned his impact and legacy beyond the yearly celebrations of his reign.
The content of the audio recording did not sit well with some natives from the Ashanti Region and they intended to attack the Lighthouse Chapel Branches in Kumasi.
However, Bishop Dag in an open letter sought forgiveness from the Ashanti monarch saying that the sermon was preached some 20 years ago and had been shared maliciously to achieve a purpose.
Social media users have reacted to the said apology pointing out some inconsistencies in the letter.
Osei Tutu II (born Nana Barima Kwaku Duah; 6 May 1950) is the 16th Asantehene, enstooled on 26 April 1999 — that would be 22 years at the time of this publication. This means that the sermon was preached in 2001.
Also, the death and funeral rites of the late mother of the Asantehene, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II was characterised by series of celebrations and/or rituals before her burial.
Bishop Dag Heward-Mills referred to the funeral in the leaked audio, which proves that the sermon was recorded recently but not earlier than January 2017 when the funeral rites took place in the Ashanti Regional capital.
Meanwhile, a group calling itself the “Asante Professionals Club,” is incensed about some comments made against the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, by the founder and leader of the Lighthouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills.
The group’s outrage about the “disparaging comments” stems from what they say was the Bishop’s “complete ignoramus utterances.”