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14th March 2011, 02:24 AM
President John Evans Atta Mills and his political rival, Nana Akufo-Addo were on Sunday March 13, moved by a preacher man’s sermon to shake hands and hug each other to end what appears to be a frosty relationship between the two in the last few months.

The infamous “all die be die comment” by the NPP Flagbearer, which forced a rather sharp response from President Mills was almost tearing the two men apart.

Nana Akufo-Addo, who had been slammed by Government spokespersons for deliberately boycotting several state events including the 6th March parade, and the National Constitution Review Conference,and the State of the Nation Address, showed up at the National Prayer and Thanksgiving Service, held at the Independence Square, to climax Ghana’s 54th Independence anniversary celebrations.

During the praises and worship session, Nana Akufo-Addo walked to the dais and hugged the President after shaking hands with him. President Mills also started his speech by acknowledging all dignitaries present, laying emphasis on Nana Akufo-Addo, probably to end the latter’s claims that he is often ignored at national events, which was partly why did not attend them.

President Mills admitted that he had been touched by the preacher’s sermon and called on all Ghanaians to take a cue from it.

He received a thunderous applause from the crowd for recognising Nana Addo, an indication that Ghanaians are generally concerned about the seeming bitterness between the two men, and would hope that the incident will not be a nine day wonder.

The sermon that performed the magic was delivered by the Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana and Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Reverend Dr. Emmanuel Asante.

It was on the theme “Arise, Act and shine” taken from the book of Isaiah Chapter 60:1.

He stressed the need for Ghanaians to work towards a common goal in the national interest irrespective of one’s political, religious or ethnic differences.

Reverend Asante made a passionate appeal to his Excellency President John Evans Atta Mills, his cabinet, the judiciary, Legislature, the clergy and all Ghanaians to make a serious commitment to mother Ghana.

“Ghana came before NDC, Ghana came before NPP, and Ghana came before CPP and any other thing. “There must be political inclusivity and oneness. The partisan politics is too much. There must be a clear distinction between national politics and party politics. National politics deals with holistic development. Let us rise and shine for the light of the Lord is dawning on us” the Bishop concluded.

The Speaker of Parliament, Mrs. Joyce Bamford Addo, the First Lady, Ernestina Naadu Mills, senior members of the clergy, and Ministers of State graced the occasion. It was mainly attended by women groups, singing groups, musicians and Ghanaians from all walks of life.

Source: citifmonline.com