General News of Wednesday, 21 November 2012
President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday called on Ghanaians to continue to pray incessantly for God’s blessings before, during and after this year’s general election in December.
He said: “I know all the blessings that Ghana had received over the years are not because we are so special, but because of God’s intervention and the intercessory prayers from our men of God and of course all Ghanaians.”
President Mahama made this call during a breakfast church service organized to pray for the departed souls of Ghanaians, and to also pray for peaceful elections on December 7, this year.
The programme was attended by dignitaries including Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, Chief Justice, Mrs Lordina Mahama, First Lady, Mr Henry Martey Newman, Chief of Staff, and Ministers of State.
The Reverend Eastwood Anaba, Head of Fountain Gate Chapel, Archibishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, head of Christian Action Faith Chapel, Dr Lawrence Tetteh, Founder and President of the Worldwide Miracle Outreach (WMO), The Most Rev.
Professor Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana, Apostle General Sam Korankye Ankrah and Rev Ernest Agyei, Head of the Ringway Assemblies of God Church were also in attendance.
President Mahama said there was the need for Ghanaians to pray together irrespective of their religious denominations so that God would continue to bless the country as the political icon of the African continent.
He called on Muslims and Christians in the country to devote the last Friday and last Sunday prior to December 7 for special fasting and prayers in order that the general election would be peaceful and successful.
He regretted the death of two illustrious sons of Ghana, late President John Evans Atta Mills and the late former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, adding ”God usually knows why he does those things and for now we have to accept it in good faith and continue praying for their souls. Recounting some moments with late President Mills, President Mahama added: “Even in the darkest of clouds President Mills still believed in God and inspired me with that faith and love of God which is keeping me strong now.”
The Reverend Dr Ebenezer Markwei, who led the exhortation and prayer session said Ghana was the only country Ghanaians had, and there was the need to do everything to sustain the peace and unity that had prevailed over the years.
He denounced the use of foul language in political discourse, adding that “This country has over the years enjoyed peace and unity which should be sustained and not to be taken for granted, because God has always been with us.”
Dr Lawrence Tetteh appealed to all Christians and other stakeholders to keep praying and educating the Ghanaian electorate to vote peacefully to maintain the respect that other countries had shown over the years for the country’s democracy.
He said even with the death of two prominent persons in the country within the same year, God would replace them with more prominent personalities in the coming years and urged Ghanaians to stand firm in their prayers to receive those blessings.
The Most Rev. Emmanuel Asante said the nation could only enjoy peace and unity if the people respected each other's opinions.