Churches should call their political members to order

By
Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA

Abetifi (E/R), Aug.
23, GNA – Reverend Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, General Secretary of the
Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), has urge churches to call their members who
are politicians to order to diffuse the political tension.

This, according to
him would help them to conduct their campaigns with decorum to avoid fomenting
troubles in their electioneering.

He said it is time
for the church to impress upon their members with large followers, the need to
show decency and respect to each other in their campaign activities to ensure
violent free elections, before and after December 7.

Addressing the
opening of the 16th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG)
at Abetifi, the Secretary-General of the CCG expressed concern with the
political tension in Ghana and emphasised the role of churches in diffusing it.

He mentioned for
instance Nana Akufo-Addo, Presidential Nominee of the New Patriotic Party
(NPP), Mr Dan Kwaku Botwe, a leading member of the NPP and Mr Johnson
Asiedu-Nketiah, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, who are
all members of the PCG.

“These leading
members will in no doubt make a difference if they work to ensure a peaceful
election,” he said.

Dr Opuni-Frimpong
noted that the CCG had instituted a programme for all the member churches to
engage their members who are politicians in pastoral care in ensuring a
peaceful election.

He expressed the
hope that the move would yield the objective of a peaceful and an acceptable
election outcome.

The General
Assembly, is the highest decision making body of the PCG and is held every year
to deliberate on issues bordering on the growth of the church the climax for
this year would be the election of a new Moderator to steer the affairs for the
next five years.

The Right Reverend
Professor Emmanuel Martey would end his five- year term of office in August.

Right Reverend
Emmanuel Bossman, Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese urged the PCG to avoid any
tension, which would tarnish the image of the church during the election of a
new moderator to set the standard for the December election.

GNA

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