Pastor Benjamin Addo Boateng, Head of the Bole District of the Church of Pentecost has called on all political actors and Ghanaians in general to endeavour to be agents of peace ahead of the 2020 elections.
“As citizens, we are, therefore, required to let the virtues of peace and harmony permeate our thoughts, words and actions. It is very possible to do politics and go about our political campaigns devoid of insults, rancour or acrimony.”
Pastor Benjamin, who was speaking at the launch of the “Agent of Peace” Campaign in Bole as an extension from the Sawla Area said it was an initiative to educate and challenge Christians especially members of the Church to become Agents of Peace during this year’s election.
“This intervention, which will run from now through December, follows the maiden edition held in 2016, and is in keeping with our vision 2023 agenda – “Possessing the Nations: Transforming every sphere of society with values and principles of the kingdom of God”, to ensure the maintenance of peace before, during and after the upcoming general election on 7th December 2020.”
He said every believer was obliged to be an agent of peace, especially during the electioneering period.
Pastor Benjamin, noted that God had been gracious to Ghana as it had over the years enjoyed peace, especially during elections.
“Ghana is celebrated across the world as an oasis of peace in the West African sub-region and even in the whole of Africa.
As a nation, we have experienced seven peaceful elections, with numerous by-elections in the Fourth Republic. These great accomplishments did not come by chance, but by contributions from various stakeholders.
Pastor Benjamin, said the Church had generally considered political authority as an essential element of human society adding that politics could play a positive role in God’s purpose in this world.
“The Church of Pentecost believes that the Church as the body of Christ has been called to belong to God and sent back into the world to serve God’s purpose. It is from such understanding that we have over the years shown unalloyed commitment to efforts by various Governments towards development and nation-building.”
Mr Isaac Gyedua, Bole District Electoral Officer, commended the Church for its initiative adding that “if God is ahead of us, we are all safe.”
Mr Isaac said it was the prayer of the Commission to go into the pending elections peacefully while calling on citizens to support the Commission in carrying out a successful task.
Madam Hawa Anass, an officer with the Bole District National Commission for Civic Education( NCCE), said peace was important and without it, there was no development, which was the main reason why citizens and stakeholders needed to work together to ensure harmony in society.