The Christian Council of Ghana has commended Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for demonstrating respect for the rule of law by accepting the judgement of the Supreme Court and calling President John Mahama to congratulate him.
“This is, indeed, a demonstration of maturity as true statesmen and peace lovers,” it said.
A statement jointly signed by its General Secretary, Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, and Chairman, Rt Rev Francis Amenu, urged Ghanaians to follow the example of the political leaders by accepting the judgement.
It appealed to all Ghanaians to see the outcome of the election petition as a victory for Ghana and not any group of people.
“Let us be mindful of the fact that we have come a long way as a nation and that we should all resolve not to turn back. As a country, we must put the past behind us and forge ahead together as one people in our democratic journey. We must be one another’s keeper and continue to unite as a people, in spite of our political, ethnic and religious inclinations,” it advised.
“Let us hold in high esteem our heritage won for us in the past and our current democratic successes that we have chalked and be ready at all times to defend the good name of this country by being tolerant and co-existing peacefully,” it stated.
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The statement said it was now time for Ghanaians to collectively focus on dealing with the numerous challenges that confronted the nation, stressing, “We must begin to work as one people with a common destiny to address challenges such as unemployment, maternal and child mortality, illiteracy, poverty and other developmental needs.”
It urged the respondents to be circumspect in their celebration to avoid any form of provocation.
It commended the judges for their resilience and energy in the administration of justice as God’s justiciaries.
“Moreover, we wish to congratulate the petitioners and all the respondents involved in the case on their patience and good work done,” it added.
The statement said the eight-month Supreme Court experience had also offered us the opportunity to identify some of the challenges in the country’s democratic system and how “we can strengthen our institutions to further advance our democracy”.
It called on Christians across the country to use Sunday, September 1, 2013 to thank God for His faithfulness to Ghanaians.