The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin has hit back at persons criticising and insulting President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the current economic hardship.
According to the Okyenhene, “those insulting the President are children of villagers. They are uncivilized. No well-nurtured person will insult an elderly. If you were raised in the Church you will not insult an elder. If you are not a villager then you may be a witch or wizard”.
The Okyenhene said this on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at the inauguration of Archeaconry Service held at the St. Martin Anglican Church in Kyebi in the Abuakwa South Municipality of the Eastern Region, graced by President Akufo-Addo as part of his tour of the region.
Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin addressing the congregation urged Ghanaians to appreciate the significant contribution of President Akufo-Addo to the development of the country as a result of the numerous policies such as Free Senior High School implemented since assuming office as President.
“We must appreciate the feat of the President and show him appreciation for what he has done for Ghana. We must defend and protect him”.
The Okyenhene consoled President Akufo-Addo that, “Not all will like you. Even Jesus Christ was crucified. It won’t bother me if they speak with sincerity but when you speak with hate, witchcraft, and envy, you must be careful because one day, one day ! one day! one day! One day! truth will overcome evil lies and envy”.
On illegal mining, the Okyenhene called on all to support the President to end the menace, adding that “Politicians want votes. Nobody will put his presidency on the line for the fight against galamsey. All that politicians like are votes but for him (President Akufo Addo) he doesn’t care about votes but the welfare and wellbeing of the voter is paramount to him”.
President Akufo-Addo on his behalf asked Ghanaians to have faith in him that, Ghana will overcome the economic crises.
According to him, “Don’t be shaken, continue to have faith in God that the hardship being experienced in the country, through God we shall overcome. Have faith in me! Have faith in me! This too shall pass”.
Retired Revered Felix O. Annacy, the Bishop of the Koforidua Anglican Diocese in his preaching urged Ghanaians to rally behind the government and pray for the manifold wisdom of God to direct the path of the President to take the country out of this global economic turmoil.
According to him, neighboring countries surrounding Ghana are all suffering and not Ghana alone, therefore this is the right time to have faith in God, pray for the government, and seek God’s intervention to succeed than shading criticizing.
Speaking to the congregations, the Bishop said “I think we all have android phones that we use WhatsApp so we see messages and information across the globe. And we could see how the other countries are suffering and not Ghana alone”.
He said even in advance European ountries that have developed are all facing economic challenges hence no need to criticize the government than support and pray for the country to succeed.
He continues that without God’s intervention the country won’t progress since we can all witness the global crisis.
Rtd. Revered Annancy also urged the President not to be afraid of the current challenges but rather have faith in God since they will soon come to pass.
He said that faith can be never defeated although there can be delayed, therefore urged Ghanaians to have faith in God and victory will be ours.