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17.12.2009 General News

Bury Political, Ethnic Differences And Work in Unity - Rev. Okyere

By Daily Graphic
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The Administrative Bishop of Methodist Church, Ghana, Rt Revd D.K. Asamoah Okyere, has reiterated the need for Ghanaians to bury their political, ethnic and religious differences and work in unity to build a just and prosperous nation.

He said since no other nationals could build the country for Ghanaians, there was athe need to mobilise all human and material resources within to develop the nation.

Rt Revd Okyere urged Ghanaians to put aside their political affiliation and co-operate in all spheres of life to develop their community and the nation at large.

The administrative bishop made the call when he delivered a sermon at the 10th anniversary memorial and thanksgiving service for the late parents of the Maafo brothers and sisters, Nana Kwabena Maafo, former Gyaasehene of Awisa and Obaapanin Mary Boateng a.k.a Akosua Mary at a well-attended ceremony at Awisa last Sunday.

Rt. Revd Okyere condemned political violence with its attendant loss of lives and destruction of property.

He urged Ghanaians to lead exemplary lives and be role models to the youth, so that they would still be remembered even after they had gone to eternity.

He implored well-to-do people in the society to be committed to the welfare of the poor, the needy and the under-privileged as demanded by their greatest inspirer, Jesus Christ, during his life time.

Rt. Revd Okyere enjoined Ghanaians to refrain from sins and criminal activities, stressing that they should pray ceaselessly in order to receive God’s blessings in all their undertakings.

He urged them to be factual, faithful and develop positive attitude towards their chosen professions and the nation as a whole in order to enhance their social life and spiritual development.

“If you want to go to Heaven as it is the wish of every Christian, then your actions and deeds must be compatible with the teachings of Christ,” he emphasized.

Rt. Revd Okyere advised parents to give their children the best of education since it is the key to development.

He also appealed to teachers and students to maximise their output at all times.

Rt Rev. Okyere later unveiled and dedicated a GH¢2,500 pulpit the Maafo brothers and sisters donated to the Awisa Ebenezer Methodist Church.

The ceremony attracted people from all walks of life, including politicians from both sides of the political divide.

Prominent among them were Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2009 Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, a former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and Education, Youth and Sports, Dr Isaac Adjei-Maafo, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana (Dr) Ohemeng Awere V aka Dr Kwakye-Maafo, the Chief of Assin Nsuta, and the Benkumhene of Assin Apimanim Traditional Area.

Others were Mr Philip Kwasi Buabeng, the Principal of the Ghana Banking College, Mr Yaw Owusu-Boateng, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Akyem Oda, Mr Joseph Ampomah Bosompem, the MP for Akyem Swedru, Mr J.B. Dankwa Adu, the former MP for Abuakwa North, as well as NPP and NDC functionaries from various parts of the country.

Also, present were a number of prominent chiefs and members of the clergy, including Rt Rev. (Col. Rtd) Paul A. Brewu, the Bishop of Oda Diocese of the Methodist Church, Very Rev. Thomas C. Baffoe, Tarkwa Diocesan Methodist Secretary, Reverend Moses Aidoo and Seth Fuckson in charge of Akyem Swedru and Awisa Methodist churches respectively.

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