Religious leaders urged to pray for peace

President John Dramani said religious leaders have the responsibility of ensuring peace, by praying fervently in that respect.

He has, therefore, called on religious leaders to continue to preach peace as Ghanaians await the Supreme Court verdict on the 2012 election petition.

President Mahama made this known in an address delivered on his behalf by Mr Paul Victor Obeng, a Senior Advisor at the Presidency on Sunday, during  the induction of Rev Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong as the 13th Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) at Abetifi.

The ceremony on the theme: ‘The Fruit of the Holy Spirit and the Believer’, brought together the top brass of both serving and retired ministers of the church as well as others from abroad. It was also attended by the Chief of Abetifi and Adontenhene of Kwahu, Nana Asiedu Agyeman.

According to the President, both members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are Ghanaians and that it was the responsibility of their leaders and followers to be at peace with one another after the Supreme Court verdict.

He, therefore, called on religious leaders to intervene with prayers to help sustain the peace the country was currently enjoying.

‘You are to redouble your efforts for peace at this crucial period and this is what Ghanaians are looking for’, President Mahama told the gathering.

With regard to PCG’s contributions to the development of the country, the President, who did not mention a specific area, stated that it had improved the spiritual and physical aspects of Ghanaians.

He was of the view that the continued good state-church partnership, would continue for the benefit of Ghanaians.

The President who touched on the values of Christianity expressed regret about negative vices creeping into the Ghanaian society such as homosexuality and implored  religious leaders to help stamp them out.

He wished the newly inducted Clerk well in the steering of the affairs of the PCG.

In his sermon based on Galatians Chapter 5 verses 22 and 23, which was laced with teachings, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the PCG, Rt Rev Prof. Emmanuel Martey, dwelt on nine attributes of a Christian made up of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Referring to the attributes as the fruits of the spirit, he asked Christians to  imbibe  them in order not to do anything untoward to bring chaos.

The PCG Moderator reiterated his disgust for vices, especially homosexuality, and called on Christendom to help stamp them out from the society.

On the administration of the country, Rt Rev Prof. Martey asked President Mahama to be bold at all times in tackling issues affecting the people.

He advised Rev Ayete-Nyampong to be firm in taking decisions and also to prepare for any eventuality since he had to face a lot of challenges ‘guiding the flock’.

Rt Rev Prof. Martey was hopeful that the new Clerk would live up to expectation and wished him well.

Rev Ayete-Nyampong pledged to mentor ‘the flock’ and called for support from both the clergy and the laity.

He appealed to President Mahama to include people from the other political parties in his administration, adding that ‘the winner takes all’ did not augur well for the country.

The new Clerk was grateful to the PCG, especially the General Assembly, President Mahama, Mr P.V. Obeng and his family for their support.

By A. Kofoya-Tetteh/Daily Graphic/Ghana

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