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‘Denounce growing culture of intolerance’

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Methodist Bishop of Sunyani, Rt Rev. Kofi Asare Bediako, has called on Ghanaians to denounce the growing culture of political intolerance and use of intemperate language in both the print and electronic media.

He said such attitude and unsavoury comments had the potential to disturb the current peace and stability being enjoyed in the country and, therefore, appealed to leaders of the various political parties to call their supporters who indulged in such acts to order.

Rev. Bediako made the call in a sermon at the fifth National Prayer and Thanksgiving Service held at the forecourt of the Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG) Hall  in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo regional capital on Sunday.

The non- denominational church service held on the theme" The people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits" was organised by the Sunyani Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) and the Local Council of Churches.

Rev. Bediako also expressed concern about the politicisation of every national issue in recent times, which,  he said, had eaten into every aspect of our social life and urged Ghanaians to bury their political differences and unite for the  peace and development of the country.

He  noted that as a nation, we had accepted the path of democracy as the way to go  and, therefore, nothing must be done to disturb the current peace and tranquility prevailing in the  country.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, re-emphasised  the need for all and sundry to be decorous in their political discussions and guard against utterances that tended to divide rather than to unite us.

"After all, we are one nation, one people with a common destiny. Let us see each other as brothers and sisters regardless of our political differences", he said.

Mr Aidoo also expressed the hope that as Ghanaians, all would contribute their quota towards the development of the nation.

The Municipal Chief Executive for Sunyani, Mr Kwasi Oppong Ababio, said "A nation without God's guidance is a nation without order”. Therefore, the national thanksgiving was instituted by the government in 2009 for Ghanaians to pray and thank God for his bountiful blessings, divine direction and tremendous love for the nation.

Prayers were later said for the President, ministers of state, the economy, national security, the media, peace and prosperity of the nation.

Story: Samuel Duodu