President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says nothing will change his mind about finishing the National Cathedral’s construction.
He noted that he will proceed with its construction to fulfil his pledge to God
His sentiments follow calls for him to halt construction on the contentious project and concentrate on finding solutions to the nation’s present economic problems.
Delivering an address at the centenary celebration of the Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana on December 18, the president juxtaposed individuals who disagree with his vision for finishing the project to Sanballat and Tobias in the book of Nehemiah.
“Just like Sanballat and Tobias, in the days of Nehemiah, there are some who do not share my views on the building of the National Cathedral, I respect their right to differ but I am confident (of) my decision, by the vast numbers of enthusiastic supporters of this project whose spiritual dimension is limitless”.
The National Cathedral, according to President Akufo-Addo, would serve as a symbol of gratitude to God for protecting the nation from wars and diseases throughout history.
The National Cathedral “will serve not only as the country’s collective thanksgiving to the Almighty for the blessings He has bestowed on our nation, sparing us the ravages of civil war that have bedevilled the histories of virtually all our neighbours and the outbreak of deadly mass epidemics.
“But also as a rallying point for the entire Christian community of Ghana, which represents 70-plus per cent of the population,” the president added.
President Akufo-Addo further requested the assistance of Ghanaians to improve the nation for everybody.
“I need the support of every Ghanaian, together with the prayers of the church, to help me and my government carry out our mandate successfully,” he added on Sunday.
In the book of Nehemiah Chapter 4, Sanballat and Tobias are mentioned as having fought the Jews’ efforts to repair Jerusalem’s walls and doing all in their power to divert them.