The Paramount Chief of the Yeji Traditional Area and President of Bono East Regional House of Chiefs, Pimampim Yaw Kagbrese V, has advised Christian chiefs, queens, and royals not to feel shy in promoting Christian values and principles in their reign.
According to him, the chieftaincy institution by itself is not devilish. However, an occupant of a particular stool or skin can corrupt it when they turn to rely on deities and magical powers in their quest to gain more powers to protect themselves. This, insatiable quest for power to consolidate their reign, he said, has led many chiefs to resort to certain evil rituals that have given the erroneous impression that chiefs are idol worshippers.
The Yejihene, who is also the National Chairman of the Chieftaincy Ministry of The Church of Pentecost, was speaking at the maiden end-of-year meeting organised by the newly established ministry at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) at Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa on Thursday, March 3, 2022. The two-day meeting was attended by the National Executive Committee Members as well as Area Chairpersons of the ministry.
As an Elder of the church, Pimampim Yaw Kagbrese used his 40 years of experience in the chieftaincy institution and advised his colleague chiefs to depend solely on Jesus Christ for protection and consolidation of their kingship, since all other sources of powers will fail them at the end of the day.
“I have been a paramount chief for about 40 years now without resorting to any idols or juju powers. All that I have is my Bible,” he said.
He added: “It is high time that Christian royals declared to the world that a chief can also become a good Christian; and that a Christian can equally become a chief.”
Touching on the mandate of the new ministry, the Yejihene asked the royals to serve God with all humility regardless of their status as chiefs and queens. He explained that it is only when they come down to the level of their subjects that they can preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to them and bring them to the light.
“It is our responsibility to bring all chiefs and royals in our jurisdictions to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Use your revered position as chiefs to draw more souls to Christ to transform our areas of jurisdictions, because this is our core mandate.
“Don’t shy away from this divine responsibility. We should not be ashamed of serving the Almighty God and publicly declaring our faith,” he stressed.
The Chieftaincy Ministry was inaugurated by the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, in September 2021. It is a ministry to the palace.
Other members of the National Executive Committee are: Elder Odeneho Dr. Affram Brempong III, Omanhene of Suma Traditional Area (National Secretary), Deaconess Nana Kofi Abuna V (Chief of Essipong), Elder Nana Bonya Kofi VI (Chief of Baseke), Elder Ubor (Dr.) Tassan Konja VI (Chairman of the Kpassa Traditional Area), Nana Akwasi Amoh Kyeretwie I (Chief of Akyem Abirem), and Nii Afotey Anokwafo (Divisional Chief of Nungua Antwere Gonno).
The rest are: Elder Ubor Augustine Nigarim Puyari (Konkomba Chief for Nalerigu), Deaconess Nana Kyerew Akenten II (Queen Mother of the Manpomteng Traditional Area), Deaconess Augustine Homiah (Queen Mother of Dunkwa Subinso Traditional Area), Elder Dr. Nana Kwadwo Gyasi (Business Entrepreneur), Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh (PEMEM Director and Executive Council Member of the Church), and Apostle Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Godson Kumi-Woode (Acting Director of the Air Force Religious Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces).