Dr Lawrence Tetteh, President of the Worldwide Miracle Outreach, has asked people in authority not to view politics as a platform to undermine the reputation of their opponents.

“Insulting others is not politics. Politics is positive criticism,” he told the Ghana News Agency at the weekend at Korlegonno, a suburb of Accra, during the launch of a crusade to be organised by the Methodist Church of Ghana.

“Politics is non-insulting ideological conflict and diplomacy,” he stressed.

Dr Tetteh also a UK-based international evangelist said the culture of insult is a non-Ghanaian attitude that is creeping into the country’s body politics.

“When I was growing up as a child I was taught at home and in school to respect the elderly and even offer my seat in public commuter services for them,” he stressed.

The crusade that will span November 24- November 28 will take place at the Accra Independence Square on the theme: “ I can do all things through Christ,” and is under the auspices of Rt Rev Abraham Tagoe, Bishop of the Methodist Church and Rt Rev Samuel Quartey, Chairman of the Planning Committee.

It will be attended by President John Evans Atta Mills and Vice President John Dramani Mahama.

It also expected to be patronised by leaders of all the political parties, Christians from all denominations, traditional authorities as well as international ministers of the Gospel including Richard Roberts, President of Oral Roberts Ministries and Paul Naughton, Chairman of the Benny Hinn Ministries in the UK.

The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Most Rev Emmanuel Asante would give the keynote.

Dr Tetteh said Ghanaians living in the Diaspora are often saddled with very abusive and unkind words about people in leadership positions especially on the internet as if Ghanaians are at war with each other.

He said it is not in the best interest of the country to run down the hard won reputation of people in the name of politics.

Dr Tetteh said comments about others should be approached with decorum and decent language and called on the National Media Commission to intervene to reverse the situation.

“To me what is more important to Ghana is the engagement of all minds to discuss social issues like the high illiteracy rate, school drop out, armed robbery, teenage pregnancy, environmental degradation and the rising social deviant behaviour especially among the youth.”

Touching on the crusade, he said it would be an event that is expected to attract the largest number of people, the nation had ever witnessed.

Source: GNA