2016 Elections: President Mahama promises to maintain peace

President John Dramani Mahama on Sunday gave the assurance that his administration would do everything possible to maintain Ghana as an oasis of peace in the continent.

He said he had witnessed six successful general elections and would do his best to maintain the status quo.

President Mahama gave this assurance when he addressed 120 Catholic Bishops at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Adabraka, Accra.

The Catholic Bishops have been attending a week-long Episcopal West African Catholic Bishops conference on the theme:”Evangelization and specific challenges for the church, Family of God in West Africa, Reconciliation, Development and Family.”

The Bishops are from all the 16 West African countries.

President Mahama commended the Catholic Church for its contribution towards the socio-economic development of the country and gave the assurance that government would continue to consider the church as a worthy partner in development.

He appealed to the Bishops to use any opportunity available to preach to the people about climate change and its repercussions on human existence on earth.

The President said climate change had contributed to prolonged dry season, drying up of rivers and threatening agricultural activities which could have negative effects on the country’s production levels.

President Mahama said another area worthy of religious interventions was terrorism and religious extremism that had escalated in some West African countries.

He called on all African states to eschew linguistics and colonial barriers and forge ahead towards the elimination of terrorism that was becoming a canker in the entire world.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigana, new President of the West African Regional Episcopal Catholic Bishops conference, commended the government and people of Ghana for hosting them for the week-long programme.

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He promised to sacrifice their time as leaders of the Conference to pursue the development agenda of the church and humanity and called for support from various political leaders to achieve their agenda.

Archibishop Gabriel Palmer Buckle, Metropolitan Bishop of Accra, called on Christians to participate actively in development politics which would offer them the opportunity to make decisions based on Christian principles.

He urged Christians to also provide service to the people without necessarily asking for immediate compensation.

Source: GNA