The General Overseer of Lighthouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills has rendered an apology to Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for his comments in an audio that went viral decades ago.
You would recall that the audio that captured the voice of Dag Heward Mills was seen as offensive by a fraction of Ghanaians as he was heard saying the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II had not achieved much for his people in terms of development.
While some had doubted the authenticity of the leaked audio, a statement of apology and explanation issued on the letterhead of Lighthouse Chapel International and dated Saturday, June 19, 2021, has confirmed that the voice belongs to the popular bishop.
“I apologize, unreservedly, to His Majesty Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II for any disrespect, insult, or harm caused him or his Royal Court. Please accept my profound apologies for any statements I made.
“Indeed, the accomplishments of Your Majesty Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II are evident and manifest for all to see. His Majesty Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, who is also the Chancellor of KNUST and supporter of education, has helped develop the infrastructure of 788 schools; built 40 complete 6 Unit classroom blocks; and donated over 1 million desks,” the statement signed by Bishop Heward-Mills said.
The renowned clergyman said he was deeply saddened by the circulation of the audio, explaining the sermon from which those comments were made is nearly 20 years old.
“It has been taken out of its context by persons who have previously declared their intention to bring harm and ridicule to our organization,” he alleged.
“I deeply regret that my words spoken almost 20 years ago have offended this honourable institution, which has worked tirelessly for many years to make Ghana and the world a better place for all of us to live in.
“I wish to thank His Majesty, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II for his graciousness in this matter,” Dag Heward-Mills appealed.