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29.03.2004 Regional News

Bishop urges politicians to conduct themselves well

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Kumasi, March 28, GNA - The Right Reverend Nuh Ben Abubekr, Methodist Bishop of Kumasi, has asked Christians to send messages of disapproval to political leaders whose pronouncements have the tendency to disrupt the existing peace. He said as the nation gears up for this year's general polls, "we should prevail on the politicians that we would not accept from them any irresponsible conduct likely to create confusion and incite violence".

Bishop Abubekr was addressing the opening ceremony of a special general meeting of the Association of Methodist Men's Fellowships in the Kumasi diocese at Old Tafo in Kumasi on Sunday. The two-day meeting was on the theme: "I will grant peace in the Land". The Methodist Bishop said being the dominant religious faith, Christians have enormous influence and this they should exercise by actively participating in the politics of the country. "We cannot simply consign ourselves to the sidelines and become passive observers, we should be fully concerned about the political developments in the nation".

Bishop Abubekr asked them to encourage people to be tolerant of the weaknesses of one another to reduce tension in the society. "Let us recognise that as humans and not angels, we have our own frailties and must therefore learn to live in peace and forgive those who offend us in one way or the other". He said there was need for the laity and clergy to work together to grow the church.

Major D.S. Ablorh Quarcoo (rtd), National Chairman of the association, admonished Christians to lead honest and transparent lives to bring dignity to their faith. He noted that if they served God in righteousness and sincerity, God would keep his covenant with them. Bishop Abubekr later dedicated a 250 million-cedi 65-seater bus donated to the diocese by the men's fellowship.