The President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, has urged Ghanaians to value the peace and stability that the country is enjoying and work jealously to protect the situation
He said many countries in Africa and other parts of the world were in conflict and deprivation but God continued to bless Ghana with peace and economic development.
Therefore, instead of focusing on the little lapses and differences, Ghanaians should be trumpeting the positive side of the country and work towards improving upon it, he said.
President Mahama made the call at the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Word Miracle Church International (WMCI) at the Perez Dome of the church at Dzorwulu in Accra Sunday.
The members of the church, led by the Presiding Bishop, Dr Charles Agyin Asare, sang praises to God for bringing them that far.
The President said it was the duty of all political and religious leaders to urge their members to constantly show appreciation to God for his favour on Ghana.
He said the show of gratitude could be better demonstrated if Ghanaians resolved not to engage in acts that could disturb the peace in the country before, during and after the December 7 elections.
He said it was in that light that he had affirmed his commitment to ensure free, free and transparent elections for all Ghanaians to vote without any intimidation.
He said it was God who installed leaders, for which reason he (the President) was prepared to respect the verdict of Ghanaians in the election whether it favoured him or not.
President Mahama said his recent visit to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York indicated that Ghana was held in high esteem as a beacon of democracy.
Therefore, he said, the forthcoming elections were a test case for Ghanaians to, once again, prove to the world that they had, indeed, advanced as a democratic state.
Bishop Dr Agyin Asare said President Mahama was an example of what God could do to mankind.
“You woke up as Vice-President but you slept as President,” he said.
He said the late President Mills had made a promise on the same platform last year that he would ensure free, fair and peaceful elections and expressed the hope that since President Mahama was also a God-fearing man, he would ensure free and peaceful elections.
He urged all political leaders to let tolerance be their watch word and warned them against inciting the youth to visit mayhem on their perceived political opponents.
Bishop Dr Agyin Asare reminded the youth that Ghana was their Motherland and so they should not allow themselves to be used by selfish politicians to disturb the peace in the country.