ANYAA ABLEKUMA AREA COP LAUNCHES AGENT OF PEACE CAMPAIGN
The Church of Pentecost (COP), Anyaa-Ablekuma Area has launched its 2020 national peace campaign dubbed ‘Agent of Peace’ Musical Concert at Oduman in the Ga-West constituency of the Greater Accra Region.
The campaign was to educate and encourage its members to become agents of peace before, during, and after this year’s election.
The campaign which was organised under the auspices of the Area head Apostle Samuel K. Gakpetor was under the theme, “Seek Peace and Pursue It” which was taken from Psalms 34:14.
This year’s edition was inspired by the Vision 2023 agenda of the Church, which has as its overarching theme; “Possessing the Nations: Transforming every Sphere of Society with Values and Principles of the Kingdom of God.”
The ceremony brought together politicians, security agencies, Chiefs, the clergy, Electoral Commission, NCCE, musicians, and other stakeholders.
Before the inaugural ceremony, the Church members took to the streets of Ablekuma Oduman to exhibit and preach the message of peace.
The members of the Church displayed placards with some inscriptions written as; “Nepotism a threat to national unity, Your tongue is like fire – watch what you say, Together we stand, Vote in peace not in pieces, We need each other for a better Ghana, Peace is priceless, Be an agent of peace, Ethnicity enemy to nation-building, Godly values pillars for nation-building, Love not money sell not your conscience, We are one people one nation, Keep Ghana First vote for development”.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Apostle A.N.Y Kumi-Larbi, the General Secretary of the Church of Pentecost charged citizens to be ambassadors of peace.
Using Abimelech as a reference in his message on judges 9:1-5, he called on the citizens to be law-abiding and desist from any form of lawlessness and reckless activity which could deform the peace of the country.
He entreated leaders and members of political parties to desist from ethnocentric, monetization of politics, vigilantism, and the use of derogatory comments during their campaigns.
He also urged the youth not to allow themselves to be used by any political parties to incite violence during the elections.
The deputy chairman of operations of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Cynthia Anima, commended the Church for spearheading the peace agenda as the country ushers into elections.
She outlined some of the don’ts in the electioneering process such as tearing down posters, using others’ logo/symbols, intimidation, announcing one’s vote, or making it open, vote-buying, personal attacks, among others.
She called on all political parties to put Ghana first in all deliberations and devoid of any form of activities that would deteriorate the peace of the country.
The representative of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr Boamah on his part advised the citizenry to abide by the rules and regulations of the EC especially the Covid-19 protocols during the elections.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Albert Boateng Mahu, Anyaa-Ablekuma District Police Commander, gave the assurance that the police would ensure that peace was maintained during and after the elections in the District.
DSP Boateng Mahu tasked all political parties, their supporters, and the youth in the area to be law-abiding to avoid confrontation with security agencies assigned to duty on election day.
The chief of Oduman Muslim community Sariki Suleman urged the youth to embrace themselves with development and not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to promote violence.
“Do not allow any politician to use you for his selfish interest, embrace yourself with development, when any politician asks you for such, ask him/her to go for his/her child or relative,” he added.
Representatives of the various political parties, the Local Council of Churches, and other stakeholders all took turns to preach peace stating that the peaceful atmosphere the country was enjoying was not by chance, but by contributions from the various stakeholders, who sought and pursued peace in the previous elections.