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Christian Leaders Terrified To Speak Under Akufo Addo – Mahama

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Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has bemoaned the attacks on Christian leaders who speak on national issues by certain elements working for the government.

He expressed this concern while introducing his running mate, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang to the Christian Community on Wednesday August 12.

The former president stated, “when the appointing authority turns a blind eye to persecution of such Christian leaders, it only emboldens certain elements working for the government to extend their terror on others because they know they will probably be rewarded for their mercenary work in cowering decent people into silence. As citizens of your own country, and not illegal residents, you should be able to speak your mind free like it has been in the past and not be terrified as it is happening today.”

He further bemoaned the violence that was associated with the just ended voters registration exercise, indicating it has made the country lose its place as the shining star of Africa.

“Without mincing words, I must state that we have lost our way, and today, our country is at the crossroads in our democratic dispensation. We used to be the shining light and point of reference in Africa when it comes to the independence and integrity of our democratic institutions,” he said.

Mahama added, “Today, all those gains we proudly achieved as a people, as a country, have been eroded, setting us back 28 years. A few days ago, I talked about the tragedy that has befallen us. Permit me to restate: This particular tragedy is in the destruction and politicization of our institutions. A judiciary that lacks impartiality, an oppressed Parliament, a pliant Electoral Commission, an Auditor General hounded out of office, a misused military, anti corruption institutions in bondage, an intimidated media, and a terrified moral society.”

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ADDRESS BY HE JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA, FLAGBEARER

OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS AT A CEREMONY TO INTRODUCE HIS RUNNING MATE,

PROFESSOR NAANA JANE OPOKU-AGYEMANG TO THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

Thank you, National Chairman

Our revered men of God

My brothers and sisters in Christ

I am most delighted to be here with you, together with my Running Mate, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, as well as the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The term ‘Opposition’ these days seem to have acquired a rather pejorative slant, so let me say that as leader of the biggest alternative Government-in-Waiting, one that is ready to serve, I wish to express my utmost appreciation to you all for this opportunity to be with you this morning.

The purpose of our coming is, to formally present to you my Running Mate for the 2020 elections, seek your blessings and prayer as we head into the elections of December 2020. As you are no doubt aware, over 71% of our 30 plus million population is Christian and this for me underscores the huge responsibility you have as leaders in terms of molding morally sound and ethically driven citizens, as well as providing spiritual guidance, teachings and prayers.

In the short period of time, between March and July, when churches were unfortunately closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the absence of the church in the lives of the population has been most telling.

Your mandate as key stakeholders and development agents in our country is therefore crucial, especially with regards to the future of this great country we all love and call our own.

There have been some unfortunate developments in our country over the last few years that I am sure you have noticed, even if you may not have publicly talked about them.

Without mincing words, I must state that we have lost our way, and today, our country is at the crossroads in our democratic dispensation. We used to be the shining light and point of reference in Africa when it comes to the independence and integrity of our democratic institutions.

Today, all those gains we proudly achieved as a people, as a country, have been eroded, setting us back 28 years. A few days ago, I talked about the tragedy that has befallen us. Permit me to restate: This particular tragedy is in the destruction and politicization of our institutions. A judiciary that lacks impartiality, an oppressed Parliament, a pliant Electoral Commission, an Auditor General hounded out of office, a misused military, anticorruption institutions in bondage, an intimidated media, and a terrified moral society.

Let me also add that, not stopping there, the future generation of young people that we are nurturing, teaching and preparing to take over from us have been deliberately perverted because of the insatiable desire to stay in power at all cost.

Almost everything that we had as a people, as a country, held dear and sacred has been intentionally corrupted in furtherance of selfish political ends. But, my brothers and sisters, no matter where we have belonged on the political divide, this is the time for us to unite and act to save our country; we cannot sit silently and look on as our nation slips towards decadence.

It is not about John Mahama; it is about Ghana. Indeed, I have received complaints from men of God to call the government to order in its unfair treatment and sometimes targeted attacks on them for speaking out against injustice.

Like all institutions, churches have regulatory bodies with laid down procedures to address you Christian leaders if there is a feeling that they have erred in any way. If you respect the law and decency, will follow the right channels to seek redress; you do not send your party members to rain insults and terror on people who hold views that you do not find complimentary to government.

I congratulate the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council for boldly coming out to defend its own. When the appointing authority turns a blind eye to the persecution of such Christian leaders, it only emboldens certain elements working for the government to extend their terror on others because they know they will probably be rewarded for their mercenary work in cowering decent people into silence.

As citizens of your own country, and not illegal residents, you should be able to speak your mind free like it has been in the past and not be terrified as it is happening today.

But as a Christian, I am encouraged by God’s word in Psalm 50: 3 – 5:

“3 Our God shall come and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.

4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

My running mate, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, whom I am presenting to you today, has been encouraged by the Osu Mantse to be strong and courageous in the face of, what he feared would be, a barrage of insults and attacks on her person, just because she has decided to serve her country at the highest level, help shape its destiny and ensure shared prosperity for all.

Indeed, these unprovoked attacks and insults have already started. But I can assure you and all Ghanaians that Naana Jane and myself will never engage in insults and name-calling of opponents. Children are watching, listening and copying and it is important we serve as good role models. The book of Philippians assures me that the God who began this mission will bring it to a fruitful conclusion.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang is God-fearing, a woman of unquestionable integrity, hardworking, and a results-oriented person. She has carved a niche for herself as a distinguished scholar in Ghana, on the African continent and across the world.

If you listened to her maiden address, you will find that she has a remarkable appreciation of our struggles as a nation and what it would take for us to attain the highest pedestal of human and physical development that we are capable of as a country.

Among the many achievements she chalked as Minister for Education, one that I deeply appreciated was the discipline that she brought to bear in the Education sector. Under her stewardship, teacher absenteeism reduced drastically from 27% to 7% by 2016. It was no surprise that for four (4) consecutive years, Ghana took first place in the WASSCE exams, a position we have lost since we left government.

Together with her as my Vice President, God willing, we shall under the $10 billion #TheBigPush Infrastructural Plan complete the 200 Community Day Secondary Schools we were building and many other projects that the current government has abandoned for the benefit of Ghanaians.

Our country needs to change course from the despicable, destructive and unprincipled kind of politics we are currently witnessing. There is so much work to do, so much to build.

We cannot succeed if we abandon projects funded with taxpayers money just because our opponent started them; we cannot succeed if we target and destroy the businesses of people perceived to be in support of an opposition party, causing families to lose their livelihoods; we cannot succeed if instead of uniting our different people we promote intolerance and division.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, my Running Mate.I thank you for your kind attention.

May God bless us all and our homeland Ghana.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Chief Imam Painfully Wept Because of John Mahama And The NDC – Wontumi Reveals

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Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako has claimed that the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul Mumin Haroun wept on the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama because of some promises he made for the Muslim community.

Speaking on the Wontumi Morning Show, Mr Boasiako also called Chairman Wontumi noted that the Chief Imam was unhappy about a pledge by the former president and the NDC to build morgues to preserve the bodies of Muslim corpses.

To him, there are more priorities for the Muslim and Zongo communities than a mosque.

“Yesterday, when the Chief Imam spoke, he cried. He was crying because of what John Mahama thinks about the Zongos and Muslim communities. For him to cry, it represents a curse on John Mahama. It is like when your own parent weep over you for treating them bad,” Chairman Wontumi said.

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Nananom, Why Are You Always Scared To Chastise ‘Troublemaker’ Akufo-Addo? Mahama Asks Chiefs

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National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama has bemoaned how chiefs are quick to condemn him when he goes wrong but reluctant to do same to President Akufo-Addo.

Addressing the chiefs and people of Jinijini in the Berekum West constituency of the Bono Region on Monday, 28 September 2020, Mr Mahama said since President Akufo-Addo took office, his governance has been replete with electoral violence, intimidation, fearmongering, discrimination, shutting down of radio stations critical of him, killing of journalists, stifling of press freedom and involving his friends and family members in corrupt deals such as the Agyapa Royalties Agreement and the now-botched PDS power contract.

He quizzed why the chiefs and elders have been quiet on all these misdeeds under Akufo-Addo.

“So, Nananom, we are both your children. And every parent knows which one of his children is the troublemaker and the ‘patapaa’ one. But often, you generalise your reproach and we all take your advice but it is now time for you to call out the troublemaker by name”, Mr Mahama told the traditional leaders directly.

“Prior to western democracy, you were the custodians and rulers and, so, you have the opportunity to talk when things are going wrong. However, oftentimes, it appears that when one of your children is on the throne, you are unable to chastise him for anything because you are scared to do so””.

“But whenever your other child ascends the throne, you’ll hear people asking: ‘Where are the wise people of our land? Everybody criticises him. But you must be balanced in chastising both children whenever they go wrong”, Mr Mahama noted.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Chief Backs Naana Agyeman And NDC To Win 2020 Elections

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The Nkosohen of Atti-Morkwa Traditional Council in the Central Region, Togbe Gottah believes Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will emerge victorious in the December 7 polls.

Togbe Gottah says nothing can stop Prof. Opoku-Agyeman from becoming the first female Vice President of Ghana.

“Ghanaians have waited soo long to get female as a Vice President but thank God we have already gotten somebody and indeed she really deserves it,” he stated.

He urged his people to vote massively for the NDC party to return back to power and complete all stalled projects in the area which was initiated by the erstwhile Mahama administration.

Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman who visited the area as part of her campaign tour of the Region also called on the constituents to turn up in their numbers and vote for the NDC in the 2020 elections.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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