The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has admonished Christians to renew their faith in the future of Ghana.
Nana Akufo-Addo noted: “There is hope for a brighter Ghana. What we need is that, with the help of the Almighty, our nation remains stable, united and at peace.”
The NPP flagbearer made this known when he worshipped at the St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, the Grace Baptist Church, and the Calvary Charismatic Church, all in Kumasi, on Sunday February 21, 2016.
At the Grace Baptist Church, Nana Akufo-Addo explained that he was in Kumasi, on Saturday, February 20, for the funeral of the late wife of Mr. Antwi Adjei, the Director of Protocol of the NPP, and a veteran activist of the party. It being Sunday, he, therefore, decided to fellowship with several Christian communities in Kumasi.
He congratulated Rev. Dr. Osei-Wusu, who preached the sermon at the Grace Baptist Church, Amakom, Kumasi, for his inspiring and well-delivered sermon.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, who was given the opportunity to address the congregation by the head pastor of the Church, Rev. Robert Asante, the heart of Rev. Dr. Osei-Wusu’s sermon is mirrored by the words of Jesus Christ as contained in Matthew 7:21 of the Holy Bible, which states that “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, except he who does the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
“What he is saying is that it is not the screaming, it is not the shouting. It is the faith and being obedient to His word. That is what truly binds all of us as Christians, and I am happy I was in church when Rev. Dr. Osei-Wusu preached this word,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo urged the head pastor of the Church to document Rev. Dr. Osei-Wusu’s sermon “and send it round the country, as he spoke to the heart of the Christian faith.”
Difficult year for Ghana
Describing 2016 as a “difficult year for us in Ghana, which will lead to the choosing of a new government for the people”, Nana Akufo-Addo asked for prayers for Ghana, for the NPP, and for himself.
“We pray that, in this difficult year, summed up by insecurity, fear, inexplicable deaths, joblessness, and economic hardships for our people, the Lord protects us, protects Ghana, and ensures that the peace and security of our nation remain intact, even though we are going to have an election. (We pray) that the election, itself, will be conducted in a satisfactory manner whose outcome will bring us together, and not tear us apart,” he asked.
Nana Akufo-Addo also asked for prayers for the NPP, so that “the Lord extends His hands over us, gives us fellowship and solidarity, and, at the end of the day, give us victory in the 2016 election, so we can give Ghana the good governance she deserves to the glory of the Almighty, and to the benefit of the Ghanaian people.”
And “for your servant, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, pray that God gives me strength, courage, wisdom and a good heart so I can be the servant-leader the people of Ghana so ardently require.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, earlier on Sunday, went to his traditional place of worship, the St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, at Fante Newtown, Kumasi, where the congregation also prayed for God’s strength and wisdom for the NPP leader in the run-up to the November elections.
The NPP flagbearer further attended the morning service at the Calvary Charismatic Church, at Ayigya, where the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Church, Pastor Ransford Obeng, in his sermon, bemoaned the emergence of “election year Christians”, who plague the people with suffering once they secure power.
He stressed that “the things you do to the people of Ghana when you are in power will prove whether you are a Christian or not.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, in his remarks to the congregation, thanked Pastor Obeng for the opportunity to interact with the congregation, and reiterated, to the amusement of the congregation, that “I am not an election year Christian, but a well-established Christian who worships regularly at the Ridge Church in Accra, and, if I find myself in Kumasi, at the St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church.”
He appealed to the congregation to “try me this time. This is my third attempt, and I can assure you that, when you give me the chance, I will, with the guidance of the Almighty, not disappoint you.”