ELECTION 2020 PEACE MESSAGE
On Friday, 4th December, 2020, I honored an invitation from New Day TV to participate in a Peace Concert program dubbed ” Ghana First : Be Agents of Peace”.
Permit me to share with the full text of the Peace Message, I delivered on this “Live Program ” with you.
ELECTION 2020 PEACE MESSAGE
PEACE : BEFORE , DURING AND AFTER THE ELECTIONS
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; And a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
Their young shall lie down together;
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy
In all my holy mountain;
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:6–9)
Once again, it is time for Ghana to go to the polls. As we prepare to elect our president and usher into office a new parliament in our country, each one of us ought to bear in mind that we have a responsibility to play.
The candidates, the Political Parties, the Electoral Commission and the entire citizenry who have passed the minimum age for voting all have a crucial role to play in this elections.
The actual voting process itself is scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2020. However, elections and its attendant effects be it positive or negative will outlive the scheduled day for voting. It is for this reason that its important that we keep hammering the need for peace and harmony before, during and after the electoral process.
The Word of God also invites all of us to live in peace with one another. In the Book of Isaiah, the Prophet refers to the period of the Messiah as one of Messianic harmony. Here, traditional enemies will live with one another in harmony and in peace (cf. Isaiah 2:4). It is for this reason that we need to think of ourselves more and more as one family dwelling in a common homeland called Ghana.
In the New Testament, on the occasion of the birth of Jesus, St. Luke’s Gospel tells us that angels of God from heaven descended on earth and sang “Glory to God in the Highest and Peace on Earth to all people of Goodwill” (Luke 2:1ff). The Gospel makes us aware that the birth of the Saviour of the world brought peace to humanity.
However, it is ours to actualize and live this peace in our daily lives. This is why various bodies have appealed to citizens of our dear nations to desire and actively work for peace before, during and after the December 7, 2020 elections.
We need to remind ourselves unceasingly that elections are not war; elections are not about violence, but an important democratic exercise in which all registered voters in Ghana exercise their right to vote to determine the direction for the development of our nation.
The Electoral Commission have assured us time and again of their readiness and commitment to conduct free, fair and transparent elections, While majority of the good people of Ghana have expressed confidence in the Commission’s ability, it is vital for them not to become complacent in carrying out this constitutional duty.
To all political parties, their leaders and supporters and indeed all Ghanaian citizens, we should all strive to live in peace and refrain from all activities that can disturb the peace of our dear nation before, during and after the elections. After the elections, we should work together to build one country Ghana.
We should not expect everything from those who govern us, but must welcome our common responsibilities in working together as one people to develop our beloved country.
In the fourth Republic of Ghana, we have with the grace of God and our commitment to peace successfully held seven elections. It wouldn’t be out of place to part ourselves on the back for this achievement. This record of ours has built for us a reputation as one of the shining models of democracy in the world.
However, when one have been able to do something so well consistently over a period, the tendency to give in to complacency becomes high. That is why we need religious leaders, traditional leaders, political activist, the media, civil servants, business men and women, diplomats, entertainment personalities, sports stars, youth activists and all and sundry to add their voices to preaching the need for peace before, during and after the elections.
We cannot afford to take for granted the peace we enjoy in our country. Let us all renew our commitment to safely guard the peace we have and continue to be the shining model of democracy that we have been these past years.
It is my prayer that just as we have done on seven different occasions in the past, we will also hold this year’s elections so creditably that we can celebrate our growing democracy and the coming of the Saviour’s birth at Christmas in peace, harmony and joy.
May our resolve for peace not end at the level of rhetoric but be translated into concrete actions that promote peace.
God bless our homeland Ghana
And make our nation great and strong.