Lecturer at the Department of Religious studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Rev Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong has admonished Ghanaians to take the National day of fasting seriously as it is for our good.
According to the former Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, the call to prayer and fasting is not for President Akufo-Addo who declared the day but for God to look down favourably on Ghana and save us from the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Akufo-Addo’s declaration of Wednesday, March 25, 2020, as a National day of fasting has generated mixed reactions from a section of the populace.
While some believe it is good to seek the face of God in times such as these, others, including former President John Dramani Mahama believe fasting alone would not protect the Nation from the spread of the disease.
Speaking on Okay FM on Wednesday, Dr. Opuni-Frimpong indicated that the Nation has come to the point where there is an admittance that our systems alone cannot help us effectively fight the COVID-19 and there is the need for divine intervention.
He lauded President Akufo-Addo and his advisers for such a declaration and urged all Ghanaians to pray for the country, regardless of how short their prayer time maybe.
“All Ghanaians must listen to what the President and his helpers have done, it is a good thing that in times like this, they understand that the situation is more than our strength. We are not saying don’t work but we are saying we should pray.
“Whatever time you can do it up to, whether it is to 12 or 6, it is good but everyone must get involved because we are not fasting for the president, we are doing it for ourselves so everyone must get involved. Even if you can pray for a minute it is better than not praying at all,” he stated.
Churches across the country are leading their members through the fasting with programs on every hour, all geared towards asking for mercy and protection from God for all Ghanaians and the frontline health workers.