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30.08.2004 Regional News

Uphold the truth - Aliu urges religious leaders

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Accra, Aug. 30, GNA - Vice President Aliu Mahama on Monday asked religious leaders to persuade their followers to uphold the truth in all their endeavours for the peace and progress of society. "Tell them, whether they are politicians, business people or whatever they are, that one cannot ride on the back of lies to achieve sustainable success," he stressed. "Lies may achieve limited success but truth stands the test of time."

Vice President Mahama said this when he received a delegation of the Baha'i Community in Ghana and their friends from the United States at the Castle, Osu.

The Baha'i Community is commemorating its 50th anniversary in Ghana. The religion, founded some 160 years ago by Baha'u'llah, in Persia (Iran) preaches the oneness of God, universal brotherhood and social equality, as its core principles.

Vice President Mahama said all religions agree on the oneness of God, truth and peace as core principles. Therefore, tolerance should be exhibited towards the different modes of worship.

"Religious leaders must preach peace to their followers and encourage them to practise and pray for peace, which is cardinal for the progress of every society."

The Government, he said, would continue to encourage the freedom of worship as guaranteed by the Constitution.

Mrs Beatrice Asare, member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for Africa, said Baha'i believed in working for the well being of mankind through the pursuance of peace and security.

"We also believe that work performed in the spirit of service is worship."

Members of the Baha'i Faith, she said, were committed to the Campaign for Greater Discipline as it is in line with their faith. There are about 10,000 Baha'i in Ghana and they can be found in all regions.

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