Let’s Put The Past Behind — Prez

Rev. Ernest Kojo Agyei Head Pastor in charge of Ringroad Assembly of God church praying for  President Mahama and wife yesterdayPresident John Mahama has pledged to dedicate himself to selfless work for the nation. “It is my hope that I can count on the guidance of every Ghanaian, especially our religious leaders, to chart a path of progress and prosperity,” he said.

“It is my hope that we all put behind us the uncertainties of the past eight months, and come together to build our nation,” he stated, when he joined worshippers at the Action Chapel International, off the Spintex Road, in Accra yesterday, to give thanks to God, following the affirmation of his presidency by the Supreme Court.

The President was accompanied by his wife, Lordina, the Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, the Chairman of the National Democratic Congress Dr. Kwabena Adjei, the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Julius Debrah, and other government appointees.

The First Couple and their entourage had earlier offered thanksgiving and prayers at the Ringway Gospel Centre of the Assemblies of God Church, where they worship.

President Mahama observed that for eight months, the nation was thrown into an uncertainty of leadership due to the challenge to his legitimacy, noting also that there was uncertainty among the country’s development partners and the international community, as to whether or not Ghana would stumble.

Notwithstanding the concerns about national stability, he said the nation sailed through the near-stalemate because its judiciary and other institutions were strong and workable.

“Even armed robbers went on vacation,” President Mahama said of the calm and serene atmosphere that greeted the aftermath of the pronouncement of the verdict on the presidential election petition, generating laughter among the congregation.

Referring to the Bible and quoting Psalm 23, President Mahama gave thanks to God for His continuous favour on the country, saying “God has given Ghana the responsibility to show the way for the rest of Africa”.

Noting that Ghana was not the only country to have had an election petition, (countries such as Kenya, Benin, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe went through similar experiences), he observed, however, that the international community was keen about Ghana’s.

“This is because the world holds Ghana to a certain standard in Africa in terms of democratic maturity,” he said.

President Mahama commended the Judiciary, especially the nine-member panel that handled the election petition case, for their professionalism, saying it was a test case for the third arm of government.

He also expressed gratitude to all the political parties for embracing the message of peace; religious bodies for their constant intercessory prayers; the National Peace Council, the media, security agencies and civil society for the various roles they played in ensuring national cohesion.

Delivering a sermon on ‘Synergy,’ Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, General Overseer of Action Chapel, International, entreated President Mahama to take steps to unite the country and ensure equity in opportunities and development for all segments of the nation.

“Divisions will cause us, as a nation, to lose a sense of direction; we can only succeed when our ranks are not broken,” he stressed, urging the President to be strong and courageous and rise above all the pettiness to unite the people.

“This is not the day of vengeance or retaliation, it is a day of reconciliation,” said Archbishop Duncan-Williams, admonishing that “power is not to be used to punish or for revenge, but for building and for development”.

He had a word of commendation for the 2012 presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo; “He will go down in history as a true statesman for putting Ghana first and accepting the verdict.”
Later during a prayer session, the Archbishop prayed that “this victory [at the Supreme Court] and the prosperity connected to it should benefit all Ghanaians and not just a few.”
“You will not die in office nor stumble,” he prayed for President Mahama, “you will finish your task… and under your watch as President, all Ghanaians will prosper, no matter their political or religious persuasionare,” he stressed. - Samuel Nuamah

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