The Akufo-Addo government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is not just fasting and prayers but the institution of concrete measures to help combat the spread of the disease, Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said.
According to him, though government is taking all the “humanly possible” measures to protect Ghanaians from the pandemic, the country cannot underestimate the healing power of God in these times.
President Akufo-Addo, in a televised address to the nation on Saturday, March 21, declared Wednesday, March 25, 2020, as the national day of prayer and fasting to seek the face of God and protection from the deadly effects of the viral outbreak.
Barely a day after, former President John Mahama also in a Facebook live interaction with Ghanaians urged the government to produce a comprehensive plan that aims at reducing the surge of daily new coronavirus cases recorded in the country and not only focus on prayers.
Speaking at a news briefing in Accra on Tuesday, the Information Minister, however, argued that the country has always been a nation that believes in the power of God.
According to the Ofoase-Ayirebi Legislator, the National anthem of the country which begins with ‘God bless our homeland Ghana’ is an indication that the nation considers God first in all of its endeavours.
Nonetheless, he indicated that a lot has been done by way of measures to ensure the safety of all Ghanaians and therefore urged the country to observe the national day of fasting and prayer for the blessings of God.
“Government is taking all the humanly possible measures, based on the facts and the advice from the experts but as the President mentioned, we are a nation that believes in God as well.”
“It’s not as though we are substituting what must be done for prayer and fasting, as I’m sure you’ve heard us say and report to you, a lot has been done substantively but even our national anthem starts with ‘God bless our homeland Ghana’ it’s the first word in our national anthem so we are a nation that believes in God as well and that’s why His Excellency the President has mentioned, the Vice President has repeated, my colleague the Hon Matthew Opoku Prempeh has also noted that…we will fast and pray that the Lord will bless our efforts with success and we want to encourage all of us to take it as seriously as possible,” he stated.