The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has urged all Ghanaians to work consciously towards peace building and abhor the acrimonious type of politics now gaining currency in our dear country. They said this in their recent pastoral letter addressed to the Ghanaian faithful in preparation towards another momentous exercise to elect our President and our 275 legislators to steer the affairs of our country for the next four-year political mandate in December.
“By God’s grace, in Ghana, we have successfully conducted several elections in the Fourth Republic, and as a country, we should learn from the mistakes and successes of the past in order to make the impending ones in December this year even more successful. All Ghanaians, especially politicians and all political actors, need to be reminded that politics, according to the wisdom of the sages and the saints of all times is a noble activity”, they said.
They called on all Ghanaians to do everything in their power to maintain the enviable reputation being established so far as one of Africa’s leading countries whose democratic development is a shining path for others to follow.
The pastoral letter which was signed by Most Rev Philip Naameh, President of the GCBC further stated, “We should, however not be complacent at all. The past experiences of seven relatively peaceful credible presidential and parliamentary elections were the result of every hard work and commitment to the noble values of politics and democracy. Of late, unfortunately, there are worrying sources of tension that require the entire nation to be on our guard and to grapple with lest we suffer unhappy consequences”.
However, to achieve living in safety, peace and unity during this election period, they appealed to Ghanaians to strive against; monetization of Electoral Politics, Vigilantism and Electoral Violence, Media and Sensationalism, Fake news and Politics of Insult, the Politics of Ethnicity and Disrespect for authority and for the elderly.
It was in this regard that they expressed their absolute disgust at the unthinkable ordeal meted out to the 90 year old woman, Madam Akua Denteh in the Kafaba community, leading to her painful death in full view of on – lookers. They are in hopes that similar ones must never more to be tolerated in our society and country; it must be met with severe punitive measures according to the law, so as to serve as a deterrent for individuals and communities who may still harbor such inhuman ideas.
The Bishops further cautioned all to observe the needed protocols in this era of the outbreak of the coronavirus and again called on the presidency, the Electoral Commission of Ghana, the security agencies, the political parties, the faith based organizations and clergy and civil society organizations to ensure a peaceful election by exercising their power when necessary. They finally appealed to all Citizens to uphold the highest and noblest of ethics and good conduct, and of course, to observe religiously all the COVID – 19 hygienic protocols and prayed that all stay safe to serve God and Country.
Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC)PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE GCBC-POLITICS FOR NATION BUILDING AND SOCIAL COHESION