Bishop Daniel Obinim has broken his silence over a
video which shows him beating two members of
his church for fornicating and attempting abortion.
The founder and leader of the International
Godsway Church said that he was forced to
discipline the two after God revealed to him in a
vision during prophecy time in his church that the
two had not only been engaging in amorous acts
but also tried without success to abort a pregnancy which resulted from that.
In the video that has gone viral on social media,
Angel Obinim as he calls himself is seen beating
16-year-old Illiasu and a young girl, Gyasiwaa,14,
for having sex. Calls have been made from
persons and groups for the arrest of the man of
God for abusing the right of the two teenagers.
According to Bishop Obinim, the two who are his
adopted children have been staying with him for
up to eight years and he had been in charge of
their upkeep all these years. He told Adom FM’s
Kofi Adomah in an exclusive interview that the
male, Illiasu has been staying with him since he was eight after his father died while Gyasiwaa has
also been staying with him for the past four years.
He was forced to take the lady out of school to
learn a vocation (makeup) after she told him that
he cannot continue with school.
The male on the hand, is still in school and “last
week, I even paid his fees of up to GHC76million
so he could still be in school.” He said he wasn’t
aware of the amorous relationship between the
two due to the nature of his work. He found out
for the first time during church service last Wednesday.
“Due to the nature of my work and that of my wife
who has also been producing a TV show, we have
not been staying at home and hence are unaware
of the relationship between them, all I do as a man
is to just provide the necessary money for their
upkeep…,” he said.
“It was during church service that God opened my
eyes and I saw that something like that had
occurred, so I asked the lady and she said it was
true. I was perplexed and queried further to
know that if it is true that she is pregnant, and she
said that it was true. So I called the boy and asked him, he also confirmed…if God had not revealed
this to me I wouldn’t have known that something
of that sort was happening…,” he added.
Bishop Obinim said he was forced to whip the two
because the lady had attempted unsuccessfully to
abort the pregnancy.
“The fact that the lady had attempted to abort the
pregnancy caused me to discipline them…that is
what caused me to quote Proverbs 3:24 which
states that: ‘Whoever spares the rod hates their
children, but the one who loves their children is
careful to discipline them,’ before whipping them…,” he said.
Angel Obinim added that he is shocked at the
reaction of Ghanaians who are calling for his arrest
especially as the “same people would accuse me
of killing her for ritual purposes if she dies
through the attempt at aborting a pregnancy”
“I disciplined them as I would do to my own
child…,” he said, adding that he would not allow
the pregnant lady to commit abortion.
“As I speak the two children are still staying with
me but I don’t know what to do, I don’t know
whether I should sack them or not, their parents
are here begging me but I still don’t know what to
do because as a Pastor I won’t permit the lady to
abort the pregnancy…,” he said.
Bishop Obinim also described persons and groups
who are calling for his arrest and punishment as
ones who are not ‘more sensible than God’. God
would not have showed the vision of their
amorous act in public if he did not want him to
punish them openly, he insisted.