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Religion of Thursday, 5 September 2013

Source: Christian Council of Ghana

Christian Council urges calm after SC verdict

The Christian Council of Ghana has urged Ghanaians to use verdict of the election petition case by the Supreme Court as a way to bury all differences to sustain the prevailing peace and tranquility the country is enjoying.

In a statement, the Christian body thanked the citizenry for the way and manner they conducted themselves before and after the ruling.

It is in the light of the above that the Council is again calling on all political parties, especially the NDC and NPP leadership and their followers to refrain from comments that could inflame passions, the statements added.

Below is the full statement of the Christian Council of Ghana

THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT ON THE 2012 ELECTION – A MOMENT FOR PEACE, RECONCILIATION AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dear Brethren,

We greet you in the name of Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Following the Supreme Court judgement on the 2012 Election Petition, the Christian Council of Ghana once again would like to take this opportunity to thank God and congratulate Ghanaians for the way and manner we have all conducted ourselves until now. Our nature as peace loving people has never been doubted. However, the Council believes that as a people we can do more to ensure the sustainability of the peace and tranquility that is currently prevailing.

The Council has been monitoring developments that have characterized the aftermath of the Supreme Court verdict. It is in the light of the above that the Council is again calling on all political parties especially the NDC and NPP leadership and their followers, social commentators and serial callers to refrain from utterances that are provocative and divisive.

We also call on all church leaders and other religious bodies to use platforms such as the media, church activities and other religious programmes to facilitate national reconciliation. The time has come for us as religious leaders to use our faith to champion unity, reconciliation, love and the wellbeing of our fellow countrymen and women.

We must use religion as a tool to unite the nation and to address developmental challenges such as corruption, unemployment, poverty and illiteracy that confront us as a people. We must all at this critical moment of our national life act in a manner that is pleasing to God Almighty since, “When people’s lives please the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them.”(Proverbs 16:7 NLT).

Signed

Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong

The General Secretary

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