Seasoned gospel music diva Ohemaa Mercy has called on Ghanaians to allow the diversity in religion to unite them rather than divide them.
“Certain people have started an evil agenda to create unnecessary and unhealthy division between Christians and Muslims, something which has never happened in our country,” the award-winning Christian singer observed in a press statement she issued on Monday over the issue.
She suggested that Ghanaians ought to, as a matter of urgency, embark on a concerted effort to prevent an acrimonious division based on religious lines.
NEWS-ONE reproduces the statement in full:
“Brothers and sisters, I have in the last few days received several messages on my social media platforms especially Whatsapp from various people with similar distasteful content which must be condemned. These messages, I believe if not publicly addressed, can lead to a great disaster in Ghana.
“The content of the messages are neither on political nor tribal lines but on religious division. Ghana risks being ruined, should she not take immediate steps about this development. Certain people have started an evil agenda to create unnecessary and unhealthy division between Christians and Muslims, something which has never happened in our country.
“Ghanaians of various religious beliefs have lived together as brothers and sisters peacefully for several years so why are some people trying to hide behind technology and social media to destroy the love that we have for each other as Ghanaians? Beyond our religious affiliation is the nation Ghana which we all belong to and must do everything to protect and keep safe. Religion is to unite us and not divide us.
“The Holy Bible and Holy Quran preach peace so why are we trying to throw the WORDS of our MAKER away and create division among ourselves? With a major election just ahead of us this year, the worse may happen if this unfortunate event continues. Ghana is known to be one of the most peaceful countries in the world so I take this opportunity to plead with you my fellow countrymen to help uphold the peace we enjoy. Even in the times when we experienced some form of aggression in our politics, there was no war so why should believers try to discriminate when we all worship the same God. The discriminatory treatment we give to different categories of people, especially on the grounds of religion, has generated conflicts in many countries leading to several deaths.
“I want to make a special appeal to you my brothers and sisters not to create or share messages that will incite any form of religious discrimination or tension in the country. Let us continue to love one another as we have always done in the past. God bless our Homeland GHANA and let us not cease praying to our MAKER to grant us a PEACEFUL election come November this year. God bless you. Ohemaa Mercy Ohemaa Mercy Ministry”