My prayers for President
Obama were answered, says
By Abdul Salam Sule, Ghanadot
Accra, May 25, Ghanadot -
Before Americans went to the polls on November 4,
2008 to elect the successor to the then President Bush,
many Ghanaians hoped and wished Mr. Barrack Obama, the
Illinois Senator and Presidential candidate of the
Democratic party, would
win the election. However,
many political analysts in Ghana
thought his chances were slim.
was Mr. Barrack Ofori, a private businessman in
Ghana, who thought Obama had a chance
and should be elected. He became an ardent
supporter and sponsored a
series of quarter page adverts in
the nations most read newspaper,
The Daily Graphic, prior
to the elections, calling on Ghanaians and
all religious bodies to pray for the victory of Barrack
Mr. Barrack Ofori
"And I think my prayers did the trick for the landslide
victory of Barrack Obama," Mr.
Barrack Ofori told Ghanadot
in an interview.
With the name Barrack, many
thought Mr Barrack Ofori had some
hidden interest which had motivated him to pay
huge sums of money for the adverts.
But he said the support was mostly
because he was and still is an ardent admirer of Mr. Obama. He said so in an exclusive interview
with Ghanadot at his Dzorwulo residence in Accra.
Mr Barrack Ofori revealed
to Ghanadot that three things
convinced him to support the US President.
The first he said was the inspirational speeches of hope
that Obama was delivering during the campaign period.
listening to many of his speeches on the campaign trail,
formed the opinion then that,
he (Obama) had come to serve humanity.
There was also the personal touch
which he confessed to:
"I also supported him
because he is my namesake and since the name Barrack
means blessing I knew he is a blessing to the world and
therefore needs my support", Mr. Barrack Ofori revealed.
Thirdly, he said, in the history of the world, no black
man had assumed the seat of
of the United States of
America which, arguably,
is the highest office in the world and with Obama on his
way to make history, he wanted to be part
of that history.
"History was coming to full
circle I had to help make it
complete", he said.
Mr. Barrack Ofori hinted that, when the campaign was at
its peak in the United States
of America, he had planned to
donate some money towards it
but he was not an American,
nor a resident in America,
so the law did not permit him.
Mr. Barrack Ofori
expressed his happiness over
President Obama's pending visit
to Ghana and noted that
maybe the same prayers
that won him the election had touched
his heart and now was on his
way to visit this country.
He said, the first visit by the US President would
enable him know some of the problems that has bedeviled
the African continent and hoped he would find lasting
solutions to them.
According to Mr Barrack Ofori, the 100 days achievements
of Barrack Obama should be a
clear indication that he is an achiever and would
continue to chalk tremendous success to the admiration
of all and sundry.
Some of the achievements
that would eventually accrue to
President Barrack Obama would
be the closure of the Guantanamo
Bay prison and his bid to
fight global warming.
"It is no wonder the BBC reported that after 100 days of
Obama's presidency in America, majority of the people in
America and all over the world still love him
and are happy with his
administration", Barrack Ofori revealed.
Mr Barrack Ofori said, the only thing that the US
President would need now was
prayers from all religious leaders across the globe and
he would deliver the rest.
Note : For the sake of our readers, we
the content of the advert by Mr. Barrack Ofori,
placed in The Graphic; the first of a
series starting October 28, 2008.
"VICTORY PRAYER FOR BARAK
As the US elections draw near, I wish to entreat all
religious bodies, prayer groups and all the good people
of Ghana to join me pray for victory for Barrack Obama.
May we pray that the Good
Lord protect him from harm,
direct and guide him to victory for America in
particular and mankind in general.
Let us pray incessantly for Barrack Obama.
Impossibilities are possible by prayer. Let us make our
voices build up like a mountain everyday from now till
the elections are over. Stay
tuned. RSVP Barrack Ofori".