Dr Kodjoe Sumney, the President of Mission Africa Incorporated, has proposed that the winners in this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections be anointed and consecrated before they take the Oaths of Office to serve.
Quoting examples from the Bible of men who were anointed before they began their official duties, Dr Sumney said leadership was a divine duty, which would only be successful with the backing of God.
Dr Sumney, who said God dropped the suggestion in his spirit, was addressing an event to the climax 13th African Union Day Prayer and Empowerment Conference, held on May 25, at the Foyer of the Chamber Block of Parliament, in Accra.
The Prayer Conference, a collaborative effort of Africa Mission Incorporated, the Parliament of Ghana and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, was under the theme, “Peaceful Elections and Economic Progress.”
Giving credit to God as the elector of leaders, Dr Sumney said God himself would, therefore, lead Ghana to elect the President and the Members of Parliament, come November 7.
The cleric said God would not disappoint Ghana concerning the choice of leaders. “Let’s look up to God and he himself in his wisdom will give us a president.
“Let’s pray that God gives us peaceful elections. We may have small, small noises here and there, but he himself will give us a leader.”
Dr Sumney called for humility to control the elections, saying it was time for spirit filled leadership in Africa.
“It is time that leaders in all domains -political, managerial, religious and traditional – become more spirit-filled, become more people-centered, heavenly-centered, compassion -entered and result-oriented,” he said.
“These are the kinds of leaders we need in all aspects in Africa, leadership is a divine calling, no matter one’s religion, and can never be adequately fulfilled without the anointing and consecration of God.”
The Conference was addressed by a team of renowned speakers, including Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona, the Paramount Chief of the Osu Traditional Area, Dr Osei Kofi Darkwa, the President of the Ghana Telecommunication University, Pastor Dr. Andrews Ewool (Seventh Day Adventist), the Reverend Steve Mensah (General Overseer Evangelistic Charismatic Ministry and Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, the Founder of the United Kingdom-based Word-wide Miracle Outreach.
Later in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Dr Sumney said Africa’s political forefathers were focused and determined to prepare the way for political independence for the countries of Africa, regardless of the cost.
However, he said, “Currently we are not willing to pay the price that they paid for us.
”So in Mission Africa, we want to create the awareness on the cries of the suffering of Africans to our leaders to ensure economic independence so that they can enjoy a piece of the cake of Africa.
“In the Far East, they have spirit-filled leadership. We all have to be involved, be committed and consistent in the revival of Africa.”
Dr Tetteh, also in an interview, urged Ghanaians to increase their roles as peace ambassadors in this election year, and constitute themselves as a massive united force to develop the nation.
Dr Tetteh is an economist, but he said he had visited 118 nations, mostly with the message of Christ.
In all situations, he said, the Word of God had been proven to bring peace and prosperity when diligently applied.
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to continue to intensify their prayers ahead of the elections and thereafter. “We, as a nation, must promote peace and unity for the coming elections and beyond.”
He advised the media to be more circumspect in their reportage so that whatever they published would inure to the peace of the nation.
Some children, who put up AU-related performances at the prayer Summit, reminded Ghanaians to preserve the peace to ensure their security to carry on with nation building.
Mrs Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, the MP for Okaikoi North (NPP), who participated in the prayer festival, told the GNA that Ghana belonged to God, hence the need to commit the nation to God to ensure an incident-free election.
Mr Mathias Kwame Ntow, the MP for Aowin (NDC), said the elections were not about war, emphasising that the nation needed more prayers for the leadership and everyone to be at peace.