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THOSE WHO SHARE IN MY VIEWS ON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL ARE LIKE SANBALLAT AND TOBIAS – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo said he won’t change his mind about finishing the National Cathedral’s construction in order to fulfill his pledge to God.

His remarks follow calls for him to halt construction on the contentious project and concentrate on finding solutions to the nation’s present economic problems.

The president compares individuals who disagree with his vision for finishing the project to Sanballat and Tobias in the book of Nehemiah.

“Just like Sanballat and Tobias, in the days of Nehemiah, there are some who do not share my views on the building of the National Cathedral, I respect their right to differ but I am confident (of) my decision, by the vast numbers of enthusiastic supporters of this project whose spiritual dimension is limitless”.

The President passed the comments on Sunday, December 18, 2022, when he delivered an address at the centenary celebration of the Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, held at the Black Star Square, Accra.

During his speech, President Akufo-Addo said the National Cathedral will signify an appreciation to God who he believes has spared the country from conflicts and plagues over the years.

The president further stated that the project whose 2023 budgetary allocation approval has been suspended, “will serve not only as the country’s collective thanksgiving to the Almighty for the blessings He has bestowed on our nation, sparing us the ravages of civil war that have bedevilled the histories of virtually all our neighbours and the outbreak of deadly mass epidemics.

“But also as a rallying point for the entire Christian community of Ghana, which represents 70-plus per cent of the population.”

President Akufo-Addo, however, courted the support of Ghanaians to make the country a better place for all.

“I need the support of every Ghanaian, together with the prayers of the church, to help me and my government carry out our mandate successfully,” he added on Sunday.

In the Bible’s Nehemiah Chapter 4, Sanballat and Tobias are mentioned as having fought the Jews’ efforts to repair Jerusalem’s walls and doing all in their power to divert them. The Jews were led by Nehemiah.

 

 

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