The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has suggested that in order to build a peaceful atmosphere on the continent, there is the need to encourage inter-faith relations among all religious bodies. He said this was necessary because most conflicts on the continent were either directly or indirectly linked to religion, citing the recent attacks in Nigeria and Kenya as examples.
He made the suggestion during an interaction with the Chief Executive Officer of Chocho Industries Company Limited, Alhaji Mustapha Boateng, in the Eastern Region.
Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong said religious leaders of different faiths needed to create a platform where the youth would be educated to place humanity as a priority and acknowledge every individual as a family, despite religious backgrounds.
'Africans by nature are very religious but the challenge for us now is to use religion as a tool for development. Unfortunately, we sometimes use religion to destroy the little we have', he said.
He said, 'religion must help us alleviate the problem and not contribute to it'.
The General Secretary noted that religious leaders in African countries should use their faith to facilitate education, health, development, sanity, good leadership and good governance to drive the continent towards its developmental goals.
Alhaji Boateng - himself a believer in inter-faith relationship - expressed gratitude to Rev. Opuni-Frimpong for the kind gesture.
The CEO said as part of his contribution in promoting inter-faith relations in the country, he recently organised inter-faith games dubbed: 'the National Interfaith Games' at Burma Camp, where people of different religious backgrounds competed in football, athletics and other disciplines.
The two later toured the Chocho industries where the General Secretary of the Christian Council used the occasion to see the different products being produced by the company.