General News of Saturday, 29 December 2018
It has emerged that a vow by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to construct a national cathedral to the glory of God, unlocked his electoral fortunes in 2016 leading to his election as the President of Ghana, after two successive failures.
Nana Akufo-Addo who run and lost the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections was said to have prior to the 2016 elections, based on the spiritual direction of Archbishop Duncan Williams, vowed to construct a national cathedral in honour of God if he is elected as the President.
Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams who revealed this Friday night said one of Nana Akufo-Addo’s close confidantes approached him after losing the 2012 election to inquire what he [Akufo-Addo] could do to become the President of Ghana.
“…I had spoken to someone committed and close to him [Akufo-Addo in] 2012 when he didn’t make it to the presidency and he said to me…what will it take for him to be president and I said it will take a divine intervention; he has to do something to touch the heart of God, he needs to do something to move God’s arm but I didn’t know what it was so I didn’t mention anything,” Archbishop Duncan-Williams said.
Speaking at the launch of a fundraising campaign for the construction of National Cathedral in Accra, the founder of Action Chapel International said prior to the 2016 elections, the confidante, who he declined to name, visited him again to inform him that Akufo-Addo has vowed to construct a national cathedral to honour God should He make him President.
“The gentleman came to me and said he [Nana Akufo-Addo] has made a vow and I said what is the vow, and he said he’s [the President] made a vow that when he becomes the president, he will see to it that a national cathedral is built to the glory of God and to the name of the Lord.
The man of God indicated that when he was recently asked to be part of the board of trustees for the construction of the national cathedral, he decided to see President Akufo-Addo for an explanation on his decision to put up such a cathedral.
He said it was at that meeting that Nana Akufo-Addo confirmed to him that the decision to construct a national cathedral was a vow he made to God prior to his election in December 2016.
According to him, Nana Akufo-Addo told him: “I made a vow to God that if I become president I will see to it that a national cathedral is built to his name and glory. And as a spiritual man, as I looked him in the eye, I was convinced and I believed that that was the key that unlocked his victory”.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams noted it was at that point that he knew the president would need help to make that vow materialize, hence he resolve to be part of the board of trustees for the cathedral.
“If that vow to build a national cathedral gave him the ability or the capability to unlock and to demystify a mystery and broke a curse that gave him right to become president of Ghana and my being involved is beginning to touch, move and influence men and women to help me out with my own vision, then there is something about this national cathedral that requires my commitment,” he explained to a cheering crowd.
Again, he said since he committed to be part of the trustees against all his personal commitments, God has blown his mind in ways he can’t explain.
People he said he needed help from and took them to a prayer mounting he was building but never made any commitment have now “started calling; we want to help you, what is the need, what is the budget, people started committing things”.
Quoting from the Bible, he said unless one is faithful to something that is for another man, “God won’t give you that which is your own” and that “what you make happen for others, God will make happen for you”.