Don’t use presidency to settle scores – Duncan-Williams to Akufo-Addo
Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has suggested to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo not to allow his appointees to use the presidency to settle scores with their ‘enemies’.
He said its pointless for the President to witch-hunt his political opponents who manhandled him during his pursuit for power.
The founder of Action Chapel International (ACI) observed that there is the tendency for the President’s appointees to settle scores even when they have not been sent.
He said people are bitter and would want to harm their opponents in equal measure now that their party is in power.
The Archbishop prayed that the vicious cycle where people witch-hunt their opponents during their term in office would be broken.
Speaking to his congregation on Sunday, 22 April, 2018, the powerful man of God said, "It’s time to cry for mercy, it’s time to pray for mercy because too much is at stake. And please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying we shouldn’t check corruption, but if we come to office and to power, I have been preaching for 40 years in this country and I’ve seen governments come and go, from CPP, my father’s government, and NDC and NPP, they are here, I’ve seen them over the 40 years – and this thing where we come into office with vindictiveness and bitterness because of the way we’ve been mishandled and mistreated, and we target people to go after them, settle scores.
I pray that during the reign of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, because of the fight and the betrayals and the suffering and the pain he went through to become president, he will not allow his presidency to be used by people who have problems with others and their opponents to settle scores, but that during his watch and his reign, that vicious cycle would be broken in the name of Jesus; that every Ghanaian, irrespective of your political party, if you’re doing the right thing, you’ll prosper".
He said people should be working freely irrespective of their political colours and that businesses shouldn’t collapse because there is a change of government.
He questioned why people connected to old governments are destroyed by new governments.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams asserted that political party leaders in the Western are not killed by their opponents when they assume power unlike Africa where opponents are either destroyed or killed.
“We’re not creating wealth as a people. We destroy wealth every four years and every eight years. And it’s not just Ghana, you watch Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, La Cote d’Ivoire, similar incidents there because I’ve churches there, I’ve networks all over these places and I deal with businessmen and women and politicians in all these places.
“Anytime there is a new regime, the new regime comes and will destroy anyone that was connected to the old regime and benefitted from the old regime, they’ll destroy all their wealth, forgetting that you’ll be in office for only four years or maximum eight years. And then another regime comes and will destroy anyone that benefitted from the old regime, so, every four to eight years, we kill and destroy those who have created wealth,’ he bemoaned.