Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, member of parliament for the North Tongu seat, has refuted a recent allegation in which he was quoted as saying that President Akufo-Addo will not make it to paradise for erecting the National Cathedral while Ghanaians struggle to get food.
In a tweet published on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, he stated that, despite consistently preaching against the flagrant violation of procurement laws and the government’s lack of preference during this time of economic instability, he has never deemed Akufo-Addo unfit for heaven due to the construction of the National Cathedral.
“Kindly disregard the absurd idea that I have stated that President Akufo-Addo will not reach it to heaven because he is building a national cathedral. Those who have taken the time to listen to me on the issue in question will attest to the fact that I have been consistent about the blatant constitutional violations, flagrant breach of procurement laws, and misplaced priorities in this time of excruciating economic crisis – these have been my primary focus as an MP, mindful of my constitutional mandate, as stated in a portion of the tweet.
According to Mr. Ablakwa, his Christian teachings prohibit him from judging others and instead require him to concentrate on his own salvation; as a result, he has no authority to decide who will enter paradise.
“As Christians, the Bible instructs us not to pass judgment on others and to work out our own salvation; I am not one to ever pass judgment on who is eligible for Heaven or Hell. Mr. Ablakwa added that it is virtually sacrilegious for malicious elements to represent him as the gatekeeper of Heaven or the keeper of the Book of Life.
He emphasized that the true objective of his comments opposing the construction of the National Cathedral should not be misinterpreted in order to divert attention from the crucial subject.
“The juvenile attempts to malign the messenger instead of responding to the pertinent issues that are of immense public interest cannot provide a cover for the egregious and ungodly legal violations that have been committed with impunity under the guise of fulfilling the President’s personal oath to God.” The end of Mr. Ablakwa’s statement.
On Monday, June 7, 2022, Neat FM in Accra reported that the honorable Ablakwa stated that Jesus Christ will not be pleased with President Akufo-Addo for ignoring the misery of the underprivileged Ghanaians. He supported his point with Matthew 25:34, in which he emphasized the need of assisting the poor. “If you fail to do so, you will not reach paradise,” he declared.