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General News of Wednesday, 22 April 2020


Christian clergy pledge support to government's coronavirus fight

Rt. Rev. Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo Rt. Rev. Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo

Leaders of the Christian community in Ghana have pledged their unwavering support to the government, as it takes continued steps to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 within the Ghanaian territory.

The eminent clergy made the pledge through the Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, at the Jubilee House, when he addressed the President on behalf of his colleague clergymen and women at a meeting called at the instance of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to solicit the thought of leaders of the Church in Ghana on the way forward for the COVID-19 fight.

"We are behind what the government is doing and we will do it such that at the end of the day, we will all rejoice for it that we stood together, we were in it together, and we have battled to win together and that the Church can join in the celebration after it all" Rt. Rev. Kwabena Boafo said.

State-Church Partnership

The clergy further observed that since the outbreak of the pandemic, the State-Church partnership has been deepened and it has become a stronger relationship. To this end, Rev. Kwabena Boafo noted that from Friday the 24th to the 26th of April 2020 will be fasting for the three day period and beseech the covering of God over Ghana and His intervention to arrest the spread of COVID-19 in our shores.

President Akufo-Addo

In his remarks to the clergy, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the thoughts and input of the Christian leadership in Ghana are invaluable to the fight against COVID-19 and that is what has motivated his decision to meet with them.

The President further noted that it is important to discuss with leaders of the Christian community the current ban on public gatherings and for that matter, church gatherings and to come up with modalities and timelines for the lifting of that restriction.

"You are major actors in the struggle, the banning of public gatherings that affects the churches affects each one of you. I felt that with all of this, as the background, with the role that you have already played, and continue to play, it would be a good moment for us to meet again and exchange views as to the way forward for our country" President Akufo-Addo stated.