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Is President Mills turning the Castle into a prayer camp?

Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, Ghanadot

Accra, March 20, Ghanadot - Any time I take a newspaper to read  I always read stories about religious authorities paying courtesy visits to the President of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills at the Castle, Osu, the seat of Ghana’s government.

This news is not only on the newspapers but on the radio and television channels as well. This has caused members of the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to call in question  the health status of the president.

Indeed, staff at the Castle sometimes also complained of the activities of these religious authorities who always come to the castle to pray for the president at working hours.

So, one may ask is the president turning the castle into a prayer camp?

As you know the whole world is undergoing economic and financial crisis and governments all over the globe are searching for solutions to these unhealthy developments. In Ghana, our president sits in his ultra modern castle office to receive sycophant religious leaders who come and shower praises on him at odd hours.

This week alone over 100 people lost their lives in horrific road accidents while several others sustained various degrees of injuries across the length and breadth of the country. Because of the accidents the leading hospital in Ghana, the Korle-Bu Teaching, as other hospitals dotted across the country Hospital, is full of these accident victims.

In addition to this, the country is being taken over by armed robbers, drug traffickers, ritual killers, political harassments among others - leading to the current high crime rates in the country.

We voted for him to come and solve our numerous problems and not to come into power and be receiving religious leaders who make statements that are counter productive to the socio-economic development of our beloved country.

Reacting to these criticisms, that he has turned the Castle, the seat of government into a "prayer camp," the president audaciously stated that, "I have no apologies and regret to offer."

Determined to place God first in the affairs of his administration, he said, he wished that the whole of Ghana was turned into a prayer camp.

Speaking during another courtesy call on him at the Castle by the leadership of the Ghana Pentecostal Council, a grouping of Pentecostal and charismatic churches in Ghana, President Mills stressed the need for Ghanaians to continue to seek the face of God at all times.

He said the country was being sustained by divine providence through prayers, stressing that he did not see why he should not associate himself with religious people who preached peace, honesty, fear of God and love for one another, which are required for a peaceful and successful society.

“Such Men of God are allies who can support the success of my administration and the progress of the nation through their intercession," he stated.

President Mills urged the delegation, led by the council's president, Apostle John Annan Adotey, to continue to pray for the government for divine direction and guidance to enable it to effectively lead the nation, saying, "Where a building is not on solid foundation, it crumbles."

He commended the council and the religious community in general, for the intercessions that took the country through the December elections successfully, saying that their contribution to the elections yielded results.

President Mills, who had, since assumption of office been receiving the leadership of various Christian and Islamic groups at the Castle, recently proposed an annual national prayer and thanksgiving day by Muslims on every last Friday in January and first Sunday in February for Christians.

Apostle Adotey, in his remarks, lauded the President's faith in God and assured him of the full support of the council.

He said said apart from the prayers that would be continuously offered fort the government, "we will educate our constituents on government policies to ensure their success.”

He said the council would use the same vim with which they prayed for the nation before the election, to pray for the government "so that you will have a peaceful and successful tenure."

Apostle Adotey presented a large Bible to the President, and asked him to consult it anytime he was faced with challenges, irrespective of the fact that he had already had a number of bibles.
As part of previous visits.









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