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Opinions of Friday, 19 August 2016

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Sounding a clarion call for change – Vote NPP!

Nana Akufo-Addo Nana Akufo-Addo

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Have you ever prayed to God to help you better your standards of living if you are a Ghanaian living in Ghana? Have you ever supplicated for prosperity, healthy long life, prevalence of peaceful environment and overall better conditions for yourself and family, from God? If you have or had, and still do, then may I ask you why you do that?

When you pray, do you expect to receive any answer from God? What sort of answer do you expect from Him; a good one or a bad one? I am sure you do expect a good answer.

The question now is, when He answers you, do you see it? Do you know that God’s answers to our prayers come in various shapes and forms? They can be direct or indirect?

Do you know that God has given humankind their own free will to do whatever they want but in the end there is judgment? In the same vein has He given us the free will to choose to receive and accept the answers He gives to our prayers by being prudent but not foolish.

All ye Ghanaians who have prayed, or been praying, to God, to better your conditions of living, to liberate you from the ongoing economic hardships, let ye understand today that God has not only heard your prayers but He has answered you positively but indirectly.

His answer to your prayers can only be unravelled by those who crave wisdom and discernment. Those who are able to interpret the seasons and times do know that God has answered your prayers. The answer lies in how wisely you may exercise your free will.

To better your conditions of living, God has made it possible for Ghana to hold general election on 7 December 2016. Despite the evil intentions by Charlotte Osei, colluding with NDC to rig the upcoming election in favour of President Mahama and the NDC, God is willing to thwart their plots provided you as an individual will exercise your franchise judiciously.

How did you come to suffer economic or financial hardships? When did your situation become worse? Has the current President or government not exacerbate your hardships through their deliberate acts of corruption, nepotism, practice of selective justice and obvious institutional thievery?

If your economic plight has worsened under President Mahama and the NDC government, God has offered you the opportunity to vote to change your conditions of living for the better. He wants you to vote to change the government to bring in a new leader and government that will care about you. This is how God has answered your prayer.

It is now up to you to embrace God’s response to your prayers by exercising your given free will intelligently.

If you don’t go to heaven, don’t blame Jesus. Similarly, if you do not vote out President Mahama to bring in a new government to better your safety and security and your general conditions of living, don’t blame God by saying, He has not answered your prayers.

His ears are not waxed that He can’t hear our prayers but just that when He answers our prayers, we do not see it.

Now that God has answered your prayers, there are some out there who will behave worse than the biblical Esau. They will allow President Mahama and the NDC to buy their votes and conscience with a one-off offer that pales to nothing with the passage of time and the continuous financial hardships to bear.

Some people are out there allowing themselves to be deceived with rhetoric promises. Some are out there being influenced with outboard motors, machetes and a few kilos of fertilizers, all a one-off gift, to go out there on 7 December 2016 to vote to re-elect President Mahama and the NDC.

Have you forgotten the many years of suffering you have gone through and continue to go through under President Mahama and the NDC? Why then are you allowing your mind to be clouded by ill-timed one-off offer that is intended to fool you because the President says you have a short memory?

Yes, is the President not justified to call you as people having a short memory should you accept his insignificant offers to you to be persuaded to give to him your precious life-changing votes, only to suffer worse form of economic hardships soon afterwards?

The biblical Esau, out of eagerness to quench his momentary hunger, sold his seniority birth-right to his younger brother Jacob. He asked Jacob to give him some food that was just enough to kill his hunger for a few minutes.

Soon after, Esau regretted his act of folly and immediately sought to kill Jacob for tricking him to act stupid, thus, hand his birth-right to Jacob on a plate.

Are you accepting these election time minor gifts from President Mahama only to start seeing hikes in your transportation fares, petroleum products, utility bills, collapse of the NHIS, augmenting joblessness in the country, brazenly uncontrollable armed robberies, increment in food prices and shortages of foodstuffs, failing education system etc.?

In less than no time, you will realise the mistake you have made should you be induced by these election gifts President Mahama is giving to you. Should you accept them to vote for him, you would have confirmed his disrespect for you for being people having a short memory hence are worse than fools, he believes.

God has answered your supplications to Him to help better your lives and conditions of living. It is up to you to receive it by voting OUT President Mahama and the NDC come election 2016 scheduled for 7 December 2016.

Let the change for better that God has purposed for Ghana through Nana Akufo Addo happen. For that is the answer to your cries to Him to help you see better days in your lives.

Let me buttress my contention with the underlying quotation from the bible.

“Esau's Birthright" In ancient times, the birthright was a very important and sacred thing. It belonged to the firstborn. The family name and titles were to pass along to the eldest son. He would also receive a chief portion of the inheritance. But it was more than just a title to the physical assets of a family. It was also a spiritual position, and in the case of the people of God, God would lead the family through patriarchs, or fathers (Hebrews 1:1-2).

Additionally, in the special case of Esau and Jacob that meant the one to whom belonged the birthright was the one through who the covenant promise made to their grandfather, Abraham, would be realized. Ultimately, the Messiah would come through the holder of the birthright and bless the nations of the earth. Esau was the firstborn, and the birthright was his. But like many, he failed to appreciate its value and sacredness.

"...When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, 'Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.' Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, 'First sell me your birthright.' Esau said, 'Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?' And Jacob said, 'First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright." (Genesis 25:29-34)”

Genesis 27:41 - From that time on, Esau hated Jacob because their father had given Jacob the blessing. And Esau began to scheme: "I will soon be mourning my father's death. Then I will kill my brother, Jacob."

This publication is a clarion call for all Ghanaians to rally behind Nana Akufo Addo and NPP to win election 2016 to make Ghana a better place for all. Do not be deceived by President Mahama and the NDC. Let my message be enough to convince you to vote for your freedom from poverty by voting for Nana Akufo Addo.