I wish Ghana were a prayer camp - Professor John E. Atta Mills
President John Atta Mills Thursday reacted to criticisms that he has turned the Castle, the seat of government into a "prayer camp," saying, "I have no apologies and regrets to offer."
Determined to place God first in the affairs of his administration, he said, he wished that the whole of Ghana was turned into a prayer camp.
Speaking during a courtesy call on him at the Castle, Osu, in Accra, by the leadership of the Ghana Pentecostal Council, a grouping of Pentecostal and charismatic churches in Ghana, President Mills stressed the need for Ghanaians to continue to seek the face of God at all times.
He said the country was being sustained by divine providence through prayers, stressing that he did not see why he should not associate himself with religious people who preached peace, honesty, fear of God and love for one another, which are required for a peaceful and successful society.
“Such Men of God are allies who can support the success of my administration and the progress of the nation through their intercession," he stated.
President Mills urged the delegation, led by the council's president, Apostle John Annan Adotey, to continue to continue to pray for the government for divine direction and guidance to enable it to effectively lead the nation, saying, "where a building is not on solid foundation, it crumbles."
He commended the council and the religious community in general, for the intercessions that took the country through the December elections successfully, saying that their contribution to the elections yielded results.
President Mills, who had, since assumption of office been receiving the leadership of various Christian and Islamic groups at the Castle, recently proposed an annual national prayer and thanksgiving day by Muslims on every last Friday in January and first Sunday in February for Christians.
Apostle Adotey, in his remarks, lauded the President's faith in God and assured him of the full support of the council.
He said apart from the prayers that would be continuously offered fort the government, "we will educate our constituents on government policies to ensure their success.”
He said the council would use the same vim with which they prayed for the nation before the election, to pray for the government "so that you will have a peaceful and successful tenure."
Apostle Adotey presented a large Bible to the President, and asked him to consult it anytime he was faced with challenges, irrespective of the fact that he had already had a number of bibles. As part of the visit, a special prayer was offered for God's guidance and favor for the Presidency and the nation.