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General News of Friday, 28 June 2019

Source: Graphic.com.gh

CPP holds 3-day National Prayer and Fasting to mark Republic Day

The Convention People's Party, CPP has invited Ghanaians to a 3-day National Prayer and Fasting to mark Republic Day on Monday, July 1, 2019. A statement issued by the party and signed by the acting general secretary, James Kwabena Bomfeh Junior said the prayer and fasting will start from July 1 and end on July 3, 2019.

The statement said the call is part of a year-long 70th anniversary and rebirth of the party that led Ghana into being and that the exercise of faith is in line with the nation’s secularity and unitary agenda of building a robust and cohesive nation.

It enjoined every Ghanaian to “undertake the prayer and fast according to the dictates of their faith; Christian, Islam, African Traditional Religion as well as all other faiths.

“Ghana's founding Party wishes Ghanaians a happy Republic Day and invites all to lead lives befitting the Hope and objects of the achievement of this day in the life of the nation - of sincerity, hard work and God-fearing. Ghana is a beautiful country bountifully endowed humanly and materially. Let us make her great and strong. God bless our homeland Ghana.”

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Instead, January 7, has become known as Constitutional day and declared a public holiday to mark the coming into force of the 1992 Fourth Republic Constitution.

Below is the full statement by the CPP

PRESS RELEASE

PRAYER AND FAST REPUBLIC DAY 2019

The Convention People's Party, CPP is inviting Ghanaians to a 3-day National Prayer and Fasting as we celebrate Republic Day on Monday, July 1, 2019. Starting from the first day of July, we shall end on the third day (July 1 - 3, 2019). Ghana attained Republican status in 1960, after some three years of political independence to fully establish the right to self-determine how to be governed and who to govern.

It was on this day, nearly four decades ago that Ghana had complete dominion over her affairs in governance with the First Republican Constitution brought forth. Along with it, the Office of President; Head of State and Government, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces was established. Also established was the Republican Parliament whose bills when passed are assented to by the President of the Republic into Law.

This Republican status has never lost its significance despite the overthrow of the first Republican Constitution or the first Republican Government by the 1966 coup d'etat. Our Presidents, Constitutional or otherwise have signed laws into being without recourse to past colonial usurpers of our sovereign will.

Despite the countless deviations, the aim for the national reconstruction intrinsically tied to Republic Day remains the same. It has always been to build a just, equitable and inclusive society where we see ourselves as God's children differently endowed to complement the efforts of each other and make the world a better place for all who live.

The call is part of the year-long 70th anniversary and rebirth of the Party that led Ghana into being. We need a renewal of the abiding faith of old. This exercise of faith is in line with our secularity and unitary agenda of building a robust and cohesive nation. So every Ghanaian is enjoined to undertake the prayer and fast according to the dictates of their faith; Christian, Islam, African Traditional Religion as well as all other faiths.

Ghana's founding Party wishes Ghanaians a happy Republic Day and invites all to lead lives befitting the Hope and objects of the achievement of this day in the life of the nation - of sincerity, hard work and God-fearing. Ghana is a beautiful country bountifully endowed humanly and materially. Let us make her great and strong. God bless our homeland Ghana.

Long live the Republic of Ghana, Long live!

James Kwabena Bomfeh Jnr Ag. General Secretary