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Christian Council urges neutrality, objectivity in political commentary

The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has urged religious leaders to be fair, neutral and objective in their engagement with politicians and utterances on political matters.

According to the General Secretary Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni- Frimpong, Christians leaders must be firm and resolute in commending or rebuking politicians but biases should not be expressed in doing so.

He maintains the church has a collective responsibility to guide the Christian population in best practices and good behaviour to deepen peaceful coexistence.

Speaking at an election forum as part of the CCG election 2016 education campaign at Obuasi in Ashanti, Rev. Opuni-Frimpong expressed worry about what he described as the lack of respect in the political landscape.

He observed that young politicians are quick to rain abusive, repugnant and unsubstantiated accusation on elderly statesmen and respectable Ghanaians that express divergent views and opinions.

The CCG General Secretary underscored the importance of the media in the development of democracy and the sustenance of national peace and stability.

Further, he urged them to ensure politicians do not take advantage of their platforms to instigate listeners to violence.

On the issue of peace, Rev. Opuni-Frimpong noted it must be premised on justice and fairness, arguing it will be difficult to forge peace when parties feel they have been treated unfairly and cannot seek swift justice.

He also called on the youth to understand the fact that they hold the future of the country, and must be the first to stay away from and condemn violence, whilst encouraging issue based campaign.