Posted on May 4, 2011
ARCHBISHOP NICHOLAS Duncan-Williams, General Overseer of the Christian Action Faith Chapel, made a shocking revelation yesterday when he alleged that Simone Gbagbo, wife of the former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, was raped by some soldiers in front of her husband before their arrest.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams claimed that former President Gbagbo and his family were staunch Christians who had been his long-time friends and that he used to visit and pray with them in Ivory Coast when Gbagbo was the president.
He indicated that because of his relationship with the Gbagbo family, he was privy to certain vital information from the Gbagbo camp during the post-election conflict in that country.
He alleged that he was informed by a reliable source in Ivory Coast that before Gbagbo was arrested and handed over to Alassane Ouatarra at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, his wife Simone was raped by some military men in front of Mr. Gbagbo.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams, who is also the Chairman of the National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches, made this revelation when addressing over 200 pastors and church leaders in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis as part of a one-day Church Leaders’ Conference at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Takoradi.
He was very astonished to note that even though the pastors in the French West African country knew of the occurrence of the conflict, they allegedly did not pray to the Almighty God to intervene and avert the barbaric incident.
“In fact, I even heard that some soldiers could get up and go to some villages and slaughter all the inhabitants simply because they were alleged to have supported Gbagbo,” he added.
He disclosed that a lot of Ivorian pastors, particularly those close to the former Ivorian president, were currently staying as his guests in Accra.
He told the men of God in the metropolis that what happened in Ivory Coast could happen in Ghana and that there was the need for ministers of the gospel in the country to pray for peaceful elections in 2012 and lasting peace in the country after the elections.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams prophesied that events leading to and after the December 2012 general elections would be more dangerous than what happened in the 2008 general elections, adding “Pastors, we need to intercede for our nation Ghana.”
“I saw a little of 1979 and 1981 and let’s pray that we don’t experience any of such stories in the country again so there is the need for intensive prayers before the 2012 elections,” he said.
He called on the pastors not to allow themselves to be used as agents of any political party but rather be independent and pray for God’s divine direction for all the political parties in the country.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi