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13.04.2004 Regional News

Ghanaians urged to sustain democracy in the country

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Koforidua, April 12, GNA- The Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese of the Methodist Church, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Twum-Baah has asked Ghanaians to desist from acts that have the tendency of curtailing the democratic atmosphere prevailing in the country.

He therefore, reminded Ghanaians that, "it doesn't take much to inflame passions and create chaos in a country" and called on all citizens to be cautious in the utterances they make along party and tribal lines. The Rt. Rev. Twum-Baah said this in an Easter Sunday sermon at the Effiduase Calvary Methodist Church and observed that the attitude of people in the country had not change despite the clarion call for positive change.

He noted, for instance the just ended registration exercise where the state had scheduled a two-week period for the exercise, some people were calling for extension because they just felt like doing so at their own time other than the stipulated time and described it as a "negative change on the part of Ghanaians".

Rt. Rev. Twum-Baah cautioned social commentators and politicians to be mindful of their language and stop the backbiting, "we need constructive dissent and not malicious contributions in this crucial moment of the country's history where we are faced with the task of choosing a leader," he said.

He advised politicians not to raise high hopes for the people during their campaigns by promising them, "heaven on earth" in their short stays in office but rather inform them of the reality on the ground so that, "we would know that the development of Ghana is a collective responsibility of the politician and the ordinary citizen."

Rt. Rev.Twum-Baah urged Christians to lead the crusade for a peaceful election this year by not only praying for peace but contributing in diverse ways, wherever they find themselves towards the realization of peace.