On the 7th of December 2016 the people of Ghana made their voices heard at the polls. After a protracted 48 hours waiting for the results to be declared officially, the people finally got the news they wanted; the country had a new president elect.
Since then, the country has been engulfed in a celebratory mood; with music, dancing, parties and prayers of thanks being offered to the Almighty God for having answered the prayers of the nation.
Whilst the nation celebrates with the NPP on their victory, it is important that lessons from the past government do not get overlooked. Learning from their lessons should put this newly elected government on a good footing towards improving the ‘lot’ of Ghana.
Furthermore, this is not the time for revenge by NPP party members or their voting population because they have been elected into power. As Nana stated in his victory speech, he is a president for all Ghanaians regardless of their political affiliation, religious beliefs or ethnicity.
Nana rightly stated that ‘the battle is the Lord’s’; and indeed it is. It is the Lord that appoints leaders; and it is to him that all leaders are answerable. Ghana is in essence a very religious nation. Many fasted and prayed for this outcome; they did so because they believe in vision for the country. It would be a shame if this is forgotten by the NPP in the euphoria of having been elected into office.
In this regard, there is a lesson to be learned from the experience of King Saul of Bible times. When the people of Israel asked God for a king He appointed Saul; similarly the people of Ghana has asked God for Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP party and he has obliged them. Once appointed, Saul consistently disobeyed God and the glory of God and His grace departed from Saul.
(1 Samuel 15) “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.”
The lesson here is that God has appointed you (the NPP) to lead his ‘children’ in Ghana; do not grieve him by disobeying his direction. If not, the glory will indeed depart from the party and the people’s voice will be heard again in four years’ time at the polls.
My personal message to Nana is this; as you have begun by stating that the battle is the Lord’s, continue to be guided by him. Allow the Lord to be at the centre of your leadership of Ghana!
Alex Bonsu TCE Global