The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) has announced it will open three centers to “rehabilitate” gay people in Accra (the nation's capital), Kumasi and Akropong by the close of the year.

According to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), the church, which lists 8 presbyteries, or diocese, on its website, wants to “reduce the spread of the practice in the society.”

“I have been a minister for over 33 years and I've ministered to homosexuals, some of my students who are now ministers have ministered to homosexuals and they have come out of it, so when I am talking I know what I am talking about,” the church's leader, the Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, told Joy News, the Accra-based news outlet.

Martey described being gay as the result of demonic spirits: “[W]e will let them go through a vigorous spiritual exercise and if it is spiritual, it will come out, they will be free.”

Anti-gay sentiment in the African nation is alarmingly high and openly supported by lawmakers.

Last month, a government minister called for the arrests of all people suspected of being gay.

“All efforts are being made to get rid of these people,” Paul Evans Aidoo, the minister for the Western Region of Ghana, is quoted as saying last month on Joy FM.

Aidoo called on the Bureau of National Investigation to round up the suspects: “Once they have been arrested, they will be brought before the law.”