The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has attributed his electoral victory in 2016 to the doing of God.
President Akufo-Addo says nothing illustrates more than the popular bible scripture, ‘With God all things are possible’ than his election victory in 2016, and subsequent re-election in 2020.
According to him, at the time his political opponents ridiculed him for not having what it takes to become Ghana’s President, he remained resolute in his Christian faith and belief.
The President made the revelations when he delivered a speech at the inaugural Africa lecture at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC, USA, on Thursday, May 5.
He said that is what kept him strong for the battle re-echoing the biblical lessons from Matthew 19: 26.
“My experiences have been a testimony, in my view, of God’s love and the vindication of the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“The story of the struggles to become the President of my country alone shows [the scripture] that says, With man this is impossible; but with God all things are possible”, Akufo-Addo said.
He said that despite all the attacks that were thrown at him, he still had the courage to persist in his quest.
“It took three tries between 2006 and 2016 for me to get elected by which time, the popular catchphrases of “Akufo-Addo cannot be President’, ‘God does not want Akufo-Addo to be President’, ‘Akufo-Addo is short, he does not have the stature to be President’ had become so confident, I had to be firmly rooted in my faith and have the courage to persist,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo also disclosed the genesis of how his popular “The Battle is the Lord” political phrase.
“I committed that third election to God and indicated to the Ghanaian people that the Battle is the Lord’s. By God’s grace, I won a famous victory against an incumbent President by a gap of nearly a million votes. The largest margin of victory for two decades. By the same grace, I won re-election in the December 2020 election, and I am now in my second and last term as President.”
He also mentioned that faith in God as a Christian has also shaped his professional life as a lawyer and politician. According to him, this has heavily influenced his vision for the country and Africa’s transformation.
“In my own life as an adult, whether as a lawyer or politician, I have always tried not to lose sight of the fact that my Christian faith should be an integral part of the practice of my chosen profession. In the public mind, being a lawyer can pose dilemmas that might be difficult to reconcile with being a Christian.”
“If the practice of law is a minefield for a Christian, it’s double jeopardy for a Christian politician and, even more so, for a Christian President”, he added.