General News of 2014-02-05

Fear-gripped-pastors want Mahama to fail - Yamin

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports is alleging that most of the religious leaders in the country have stopped praying for President John Mahama because they don’t want him to succeed.

According to him, the pastors fear if they pray and God intervenes in the current socio-economic conditions in the country, John Mahama will be retained as president after the 2016 general elections.

Joseph Yamin made the comment on Asempa FM while discussing the famous prophetic prayer by the General Overseer of the Christian Action Faith Ministry, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams for Ghana’s economy.

The Bishop at a church service on Sunday led his congregation to seek God’s intervention in the country’s current economic challenges by spiritually “commanding” the falling cedi to “rise”.

He also prayed for President Mahama and other government officials, to be innovative and come out with ideas to salvage the economy.

Though his prayer has been met with mixed reactions with many arguing that religion had no place in economic issues, Duncan-Williams maintained that the church plays a key role in nation building.

Juxtaposing the Bishop's divine intervention to the utterances of other clergymen, Joseph Yamin said the majority of them [pastors] want President Mahama to fail.

He intimated that most of the churches have stopped praying for the nation because the pastors tell their congregants to pray for themselves and family to be successful.

The Deputy Sports Minister cited how pastors constantly prayed for former President Kufuor and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to succeed when in government "but today listen to them and see how many times they pray for John Mahama and his NDC government”.

“When the Kufuor government was about to introduce the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), pastors propagated it in their churches, but today what has changed?" he quizzed.

Joseph Yamin said nothing bars pastors from doing active politics, but the conduct of some pastors smacks of hypocrisy and double standards.

“Don’t be a hypocrite. The platform is meant for you to preach salvation to the people; that is what God ordained you to do,” he stressed.