General News of 2014-02-08

Political vindictiveness attributed to economic woes

The newly inducted Chairman of the Christian Divine Church (CDC), Apostle Ebenezer Boahene, has noted with concern that political vindictiveness and bitterness contributed significantly to the economic woes of the country.

He observed that political division in Ghana had become so entrenched that even men of God found it difficult to intercede with prayers to the Almighty to change the ever-dwindling fortunes of the country. He added that Ghana was endowed with all the rich natural resources, yet it was still struggling in its development efforts.

Apostle Boahene has, therefore, appealed to members of the various political divide to put Ghana first in their respective programmes before considering their parochial and selfish interests; stressing that if Ghanaians would unite as one people with a common purpose of developing the country, God would bless them.

The CDC Chairman made the observation in a sermon he delivered shortly after his induction, together with his deputy, Pastor Peter Kwabena Boadu, and the General Secretary of the church, Pastor Paul Kwabena Danso, as new leaders of the church.

That was at a special church service held at the John Taylor Temple, the headquarters of the church at New Atuabo Tarkwa in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality in the Western Region.

The new chairman succeeds retired Apostle Amos Mensah, who served an eight-year term while Pastor Boadi is taking over from Pastor S.K. Ennin and the General Secretary succeeding retired Pastor John Acko.

They were sworn in by a judge of the Sekondi High Court, Mr Justice George Boadi.

Apostle Boahene,56, was born into a family of devout Muslims at Ashiresu in the Dormaa area in the Brong Ahafo Region.

In 1985, however, he was brought from his hometown to the then Prophet Apostle John Taylor for prayers when he suffered from a protracted illness while still a Muslim. He eventually received his healing and subsequently converted from Islam to Christianity and took the name Ebenezer.

Apostle Boahene further noted that Ghana’s rich natural resources were comparable to none in Europe and elsewhere while the people were also God-fearing and, therefore, posed a rhetorical question as to why the country was suffering economically.

"There is disunity and no sense of belongingness, and that, one political party wants its opponent to flop so that it can come to power, and when it does succeed, the cycle will continue with the same pull-him-down attitude which does not augur well for the progress of our dear country," he declared.

However, the CDC Chairman was optimistic that, "If we all come together as one people with the sense of a common destiny, the accolade that Ghana is the gateway to West Africa could be realised within the next two years of achieving economic prosperity".

Quoting extensively from the Book of Nehemiah Chapter 2, on the theme: "Let Us Rise and Build", Apostle Boahene threw a challenge to members of the congregation to come together to build on the solid foundation that the founder of the church, Prophet Taylor had laid.

The Western Regional Minister, Mr E.K.T Addo noted that the church and the state complemented the efforts of each other and that none was independent. He said the government alone could not provide the needs of the people hence the need for the church and other non-governmental organisations to come on board.

He appealed to the leadership of the church to ensure that the unemployed youth among the congregation were identified, and efforts made to provide them with skills training to enable them to fend for themselves.

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