Apostle Dr Stephen Kwame Amoani, the Chairman of the Christ Apostolic Church International (CACI), has asked religious leaders and politicians not to make religious statements that would plunge the nation into crisis.
“I make this clarion call to all Ghanaians not to engage in unnecessary religious comments, which have the potency to distract and divide us as a nation and urge especially all politicians to desist from inflaming passions within the various religious groups in Ghana for any reason,” he stated.
Apostle Amoani was addressing the 58th Session of the Ministerial and General Council Meeting of the Church, in Ho, on the theme: “Impacting Our World through a Transformed Life”.
He stated, “We should rather, as a nation, aim at maximizing the use of our human resources irrespective of gender, tribe, religion, or political affiliation, to enhance the best service for the country and that Integrity should be the value that permeates the rank and file of the Ghanaian society”.
Apostle Amoani said the CACI would continue to build institutions which promote coexistence, for Ghana to be a nation with recognition for diversity where every citizen is each other’s keeper with a strong resolve and commitment of winning together.
“We urge all Christians to fervently pray to God for Ghana to continue to enjoy peace and stability, and the Church would continue to build institutions which promote coexistence.”
Apostle Amoani asked the Government and its stakeholders, including the church, to build communities with equal opportunities for the people because inequalities in opportunity bred deviance and social vices.
On behalf of the CAC I, Apostle Amoani pledged the Church’s determination to actively collaborate with the state and engage each other in all aspects of national development, be it socio-cultural, economic, or health to build a better Ghana for the generations unborn.
Following a directive by some mission schools on the strict uniform adherence to their religious principles by all of its students, the media created the platform for discussions on the merits and demerits of the issues, thus leading to harsh criticisms and inflamed passions, which some stakeholders considered a threat to national unity and cohesion.
In view of this, the Government and the Ghana Education Service issued statements on their respective positions on the matter, while the National Peace Council, which has representation from all the major religious bodies, has been tasked to resolve the matter amicably. GNA