The Leader and flag bearer of All People’s Congress (APC), Mr Hassan Ayariga, has appealed to religious leaders who are prophesying in the public domain as to who will win the December election to desist from the practice.
Mr Ayariga, who made the appeal at a press conference in Accra, stated that “some even allow politicians to use their pulpits to disseminate their messages and vision to the electorate”.
He explained that churches and mosques were meant for praying and not campaign platforms for politicians.
“The only place left for us after we have politicised everything is the house of the Almighty, as churches and mosques are neutral grounds. Religious leaders ought to be careful not to start sowing seeds of confusion and divisiveness which could spell doom for the country,” he stated.
Churches and mosques
The flag bearer stressed that churches and mosques were the only places “we could find unity, love for one another, peace, as well as hope”.
He said politics had the potential of dragging the noble and holy institution of religion into disarray.
Mr Ayariga stated that Ghanaians were enjoying peace and would like to continue to live in peace and tranquillity.
Preach the word
He urged religious leaders to use the pulpit to preach the word of God truthfully without fear or favour and desist from engaging in partisan politics.
He explained that only chiefs had been barred by the Constitution from engaging in politics and that religious leaders who would like to engage in partisan politics should resign from the churches and the mosques in order not to create confusion in the churches and the mosques, since members belonged to different political parties.
Mr Ayariga said failure on the part of religious leaders to act on “this matter is a dangerous gamble churches and mosques cannot afford to take”.
Mr Barry Ndu, the Chief Executive officer (CEO) of the Ghana/Nigeria Achievers Award Organisation, a non-governmental organisation which awards people who have excelled in business and politics and are contributing to youth empowerment, used the occasion to present an achievers award to Mr Ayariga at the press conference.