General News of Wednesday, 21 November 2012
President John Mahama on Wednesday morning hosted members of the clergy and the Christian fraternity at the Castle Gardens, Osu.
The event, which was organised at the request of the president, saw a number of renowned men of God in attendance. It was dubbed the Breakfast Devotion.
They included Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams of the Action Faith Ministries, Bishop Charles Agyin Asare of the Miracle Church International and Rev. Eastwood Anabah who was a close pal to the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
Others were the the President of the National Peace Council, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante and Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Markwei.
Rev. Prof. Asante talked about the need for politicians to shirk partisan interests and work towards the good of all.
He urged people to engage in selfless service and be tolerant in the face of provocation.
He said political leaders are plagued with confused loyalty, which goes a long way to destroy the integration of the nation.
The pastors prayed and asked God to avert any violence and destruction before, during and after the elections.
President Mahama said the gathering of various churches under one umbrella showed that the Christian faith is united by one true God.
He indicated that he would rely on the clergy for advice once he remains in office to seek the guidance of God.
President Mahama’s predecessor, J.E.A. Mills was renowned for his fellowship with God as some even accused him of turning the Castle into a prayer camp.
President Mahama said he consistently took inspiration from his late boss when the going got tough.
According to him, President Mills always said “God is control” anytime he was perturbed about any situations; something that always proved crucial to the government.
He said the death of both President Mills and former President Aliu Mahama is a major loss to the nation and prayed that God will spare the nation such tragedies in the future.