An aspect of the 2012 election which whipped a lot of people along was the religious dimension that the twice defeated presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party added to their campaign portraying themselves as devotees of the Creator.
Many Ghanaians watched with glee, the kind of energy that was channeled into branding the NPP’s campaign as a battle reserved for the Lord.
Meanwhile, members of the opposition NPP mocked the late President John Mills for turning to God and indeed, accused him of turning the seat of government into a prayer camp.
Surprisingly, the NPP led by its presidential candidate did not just devote the 2012 campaign to the Lord through huge billboards with the inscription “the battle is the Lord’s”; they went further to organize mammoth prayer and fasting sessions all in the name of God, to help them win the last election.
Nana Akufo-Addo, whose religiosity was unknown until the last election, suddenly, transmogrified from a celebrated legal practitioner and politician to a preacher, and on several political platforms, was spotted quoting, 1 Samuel 17: 47.
But, like the proverbial expression, a leopard cannot change its spots, the NPP, noted for its hypocrisy and double standards have suddenly ignored how they became so religious even than the Pope in the run up to the 2012 election, and are now bashing the General Overseer of the Action Chapel International, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan William for offering prayers for the troubled Ghanaian economy.
Totally ignoring what they did in government between 2001-2008 where at a point, they had to bring powerful men of God to pray for rains to fill the Akosombo dam and also to save the then distressed Ghana Telecom now Vodafone, members of the NPP have taken Archbishop Duncan Williams to the cleaners for daring to pray for the ailing Ghanaian currency, the cedi, to stabilize.
With this inconsistency and dishonesty of the NPP when it comes to relying on divine intervention, many have begun questioning the NPP’s motive for turning to “the battle is the Lords” slogan in the last election, wondering what has changed for the party to suddenly turn their back to God, to the extend they are now speaking against men of God who offer prayers for the state?
Leading his followers in Church last Sunday to pray for the recovery of the fast depreciating local currency, Archbishop Duncan Williams stated “…I hold up the cedi with prayer and I command the cedi to recover and I declare the cedi will not fall; it will not fall any further. I command the cedi to climb. I command the resurrection of the cedi. I command and release a miracle for the economy”.
Members of the NPP has since taken him to task, chastising and mocking him for offering prayers for a problem they said ought to be solved by powerful economic brains and not by divine favor.
Few hours after news of the Man of God’s prayer went viral, Nana Akufo-Addo’s nephew, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darkoh, who was said to be one of the planners of his uncle’s campaign and indeed participated in meetings that recommended for prayer sessions for the NPP’s campaign mocked the Archbishop in the social media.
Mr Otchere-Darko wrote on his facebook wall that: “Could any patriot close to Trassacco Village go and advise Bishop Duncan-Williams to go the direct route by praying for the NPP instead because this government can’t save the cedi. It calls for competent managers of the economy” And God listened and responded, “My son Duncan, if your people want me to save the cedi, tell them to at least meet me half way: they should vote for a government that can manage the economy.”
Aside him, several NPP commentators have pounced on Bishop Duncan Williams and have delivered to him their version of insulting reasons why prayers will not solve the problem of the ailing cedi.
It is public knowledge that the NPP before, during and after the 2012 election engaged themselves in a busy prayer session. In fact during the Supreme Court hearing of the election petition instigated by Nana Addo and co, some NPP women embarked on sex strike, fasted and prayed for God to intercede on their behalf.
And on the eve of the election petition verdict, the NPP headquarters at Asylum Down and Nana Akufo-Addo’s Nima residence was turned into a prayer camp, where members held vigils and prayed for the party to win the case.
The NPP’s behavior on Duncan William’s decision to pray for the cedi is not quite strange if one has followed their deeds over the years. This was the same group of people who mocked late President Mills and the NDC in 2008 for embarking on a door-to-door campaign only to copy same campaign strategy in 2012.