Source: Daily Graphic
President John Dramani Mahama has reiterated his appeal to all political parties to rise above parochial political partisanship and promote the collective interest of the nation.
That, he said, could be attained through healthy non-partisan dialogue on national issues.
This was contained in an address read on his behalf by the Eastern Regional Minister, Ms Helen Adwoa Ntoso, at the centenary celebration of the St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church at Adoagyiri-Nsawam on Sunday.
President Mahama reiterated the need for Ghanaians to ensure that they remained peaceful and united after the Supreme Court’s verdict had been passed.
“It is my hope that this dear and cherished country would be strongly united after the verdict of the Supreme Court. Any act of violence, which I do not anticipate, could adversely affect our national development agenda,” President Mahama stated.
The church was established in 1913 when the chiefs and elders of Adoagyiri offered a large tract of land for its construction.
President Mahama urged Ghanaians to be mindful of the fact that freedom came with responsibility and had its limits.
He reminded Ghanaians that the lessons learnt over the past few years should cause us to behave like the wise men who travelled from the East in search of the new-born king, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
“They followed divine direction without rest until they found the Prince of Peace and I urge my fellow citizens not to rest until together we have offered our very best to our dear nation as our God expected responsibility,” President Mahama added.
He was of the view that the country would continue to prosper if Ghanaians turned over their hearts to God as the country was founded on God and had prospered due to his blessings.
He commended the St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church for contributing to the uplift of the lives of the people by establishing an orthopaedic training centre, a clinic, schools and other social services.
In a sermon, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, urged Christians to live for Christ and stand up against social vices which, he said, were tearing apart the unity and peace of the country.
He also asked the people to change their attitudes towards their surroundings by refraining from littering their environment to enable them to enjoy good health.