Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has continued his multi-faith commitment after gracing the 59th Annual Session of the Ghana Baptist Convention currently ongoing in Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
Dr Bawumia appeared at the opening ceremony of the Convention which is slated to run from Monday, August 22nd to Friday, August 26th 2022.
The convention is being held under the theme “Fulfilling God’s Purpose, Growing God’s Church”.
The Annual Session is the highest decision body of the Ghana Baptist Convention which consists of an Annual Gathering of the Denominational Board Members, The Presidency, Ministers and Delegates from Churches and Institutions, and the Convention Secretariat staff.
It functions to set rules and procedures of the Ghana Baptist Constitution for business, fellowship, evangelism and other relevant activities towards the growth of the denomination.
Speaking at the opening, the Vice President applauded the church for its efforts in fighting the numerous ills plaguing society by winning souls and providing a moral core and fibre to citizens.
Bawumia also lauded the church for its collaborative efforts with the state aimed at facilitating the development of the country.
A Multi-faith Unifier
Vice President Bawumia has carved a niche in the political space as being a unique unifier, appearing regularly at Christian events throughout his tenure in office.
This posture has won him praise from religious leaders and corroborated recent claims he made of having been brought up by a Methodist mother and a Muslim father.
On 31st night 2021, Dr Bawumia attended the watch night service of the Ebenezer Methodist Congregation in Breman, earning him high praise from presiding Bishop, Very Reverend Benjamin Akwesi Ansong.
“We have in our midst tonight Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and it is refreshing. This shows his understanding of religious tolerance,” the Methodist Pastor said, amidst cheers.
“This is a Christian gathering, but he has thought it wise to demonstrate his love and joy, which is in line with what the Bible preaches that, rejoice with those who are rejoicing.
“So if today we Christians have gathered here to express our joy and the Vice President (a Muslim) has joined us, we have to be extremely grateful to God for what he has done for our country Ghana. It is something we must hold so firmly.”
He added: “If God has touched his heart and he has joined us here, we are happy and we have to pray for him too as we pray, and also pray for His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo and the leadership of this country.”
“The Bible says give honour to whom honour is due, so let us all rise up and pray for our guest.”
Following an uproar caused by Bawumia revealing he had been the only Muslim member of the Methodist Boys brigade, a childhood friend corroborated his revelation and insisted Bawumia had always stood for religious tolerance.
“I wish to add that he somebody who is a unifier in the sense that he does not discriminate among religions. I would say because he is a Muslim he would not join Christians in worship. I remember when our mother died, he came for the funeral on a Saturday. I come from Nsuta Kyebi and the Church Service was held at Nsuta…he came for the funeral after that he left. I thought that was all until Sunday while we were at home preparing for Church he had already arrived with his wife and was at the Church premises. He joined us in the services”, the Veep’s boyhood friend and now a retired public servant, Mr. Samuel Kwasi Ankamah confirmed.