The General Overseer of the Royalhouse Chapel International, Reverend Sam Korankye Ankrah, has appealed to the government, politicians and Ghanaians, to let go of pain, anger, and bitterness and unite for the celebration of Ghana's 50th anniversary.
“We have only one nation-Ghana and God put us here for a purpose but without unity we will not enjoy the abundant blessings He has in store for us”, he said.
Rev. Korankye-Ankrah was preaching a sermon at a national all night prayer service at the Royalhouse Chapel International as part of activities marking the Golden Jubilee celebration.
The service, which was organised by the church in collaboration with the National Intersectional Team, was on the theme “Let the earth tremble”, and it attracted a large number of people, including ministers of state and parliamentarians.
He said the sub-region in general had suffered war, deprivation and famine, among others, but Ghana had enjoyed peace and stability.
Rev. Korankye-Ankrah said reconciliation was high on the President's State of the Nation address to Parliament recently but the spirit of anger and unforgiveness was trying to subdue it.
He warned that there would not be prosperity for anybody who planned to divide the nation because vengeance was the preserve of God.
Rev. Korankye-Ankrah indicated that reconciliation required maturity and urged President J. A. Kufuor and former President J. J. Rawlings to put their differences behind them and “unite the nation as we celebrate 50 years”.
He advised the two leaders to carry along their followers into the reconciliation process to make it sustainable, adding that “ If they love the country, they should do this for us”.
The Minister of State in charge of Culture and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr S. K. Boafo, said the programme took place at an opportune time, when the nation was about to climax its Jubilee celebration.
He said those who knew their God should make exploits and the scriptures should convince all leaders that they had assumed a role to serve the nation for which they needed divine direction and blessings.
Mr Boafo entreated all Christians to be sensitive and proactive and pray for the nation and its leaders, adding that God answered any single request before Him.
He said at 50, the nation would have God restoring it to its glory and called on all Ghanaians to unite, irrespective of their political affiliations, in order to move the nation forward.
President of the Intercessional team, Reverend Chris Nyame, said the team was formed three years ago by a group of pastors and ministers of the gospel to offer prayers for the nation.
He said the group always collaborated with Christian groups, district assemblies and other agencies, and that it had organised programmes in Kumasi, Sunyani and Tema.
He urged Christians to be alert and sensitive and pray frequently in order to stop any plan of the devil against the nation.
Story by Mary Mensah