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Only Jesus can tell me if he is satisfied with my work as finance minister – Ofori Atta.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has attempted to address, as a Christian, whether Jesus Christ would be pleased with the way he has managed Ghana’s economy amid calls for his resignation or dismissal.

When Ken Ofori Atta was a guest on Hard Talk, he was questioned, “Will Jesus be pleased with the way you have handled the economy?”

Mr. Ofori-Atta gave a cryptic response to the query, saying, “I think it’s an issue of wellness and obedience to what Christ would have us do. Yes, with the excellent work done over the time. Yes, with the help of the holy spirit leading us in whatever we do. Am I sure he’s pointing us in the right direction? Without a doubt, I believe his strength will manifest through trying times, and I have every confidence in the direction he will lead us.

Will Jesus be pleased with the way you have handled the economy? the program’s host asked the pastor once more after being displeased with his response.

“You know, it’s very difficult to think that one will be holy enough to total acceptance. You are constantly praying that you have the courage and the spirit to go on. But more importantly, you know, in all of this technical stuff is a clear love for the country and an understanding of what somebody like me could become a finance minister. And, therefore, who in ‘Fanteakwa’ could do that? And, therefore, what should we be doing 18 hours a day to ensure we give the opportunity to people get to the levels that we are,” the minister retorted.

In a third attempt to get a clear answer, the host again repeated the question, which attracted the answer, “It’s up to Jesus to declare. I can do the best that I can. But I am very just honoured and blessed to have this position, and mine is to obey and do the best I can with his guidance.”

Because of his bad handling of Ghana’s economy, many Ghanaians, including prominent figures in the governing New Party, have urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to oust Ofori-Atta.

Most of those calling for Ofori-dismissal Atta’s also contend that he shouldn’t hold the position given that the government abruptly changed course and decided to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF), despite the minister’s categorical declaration that doing so would be “disastrous” for Ghana.

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