The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his Christian faith has shaped his professional life as a lawyer and politician.
This, he said, has heavily influenced his vision for the country and Africa’s transformation as a whole.
The President said despite being a lawyer; he has always tried not to lose sight of his Christian faith.
“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. However, 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 said.
President Akufo-Addo disclosed this when he delivered a speech at the inaugural Africa lecture at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, USA, on Thursday, May 5.
At the same event, President Akufo-Addo also maintained that 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.
He said when political opponents ridiculed him for not having what it takes to become Ghana’s President, his Christian faith and belief kept him strong for the battle.
“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 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 prevalent, I had to be firmly rooted in my faith and have the courage to persist,” he said.
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