GCBC, PREZ. AKUFO-ADDO CALL FOR DECORUM AND DECENCY IN POLITICAL DISCOURSES.

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GCBC, PREZ. AKUFO-ADDO CALL FOR DECORUM AND DECENCY IN POLITICAL DISCOURSES.

President Akufo-Addo with members of the GCBC(credit:www.aciafrica.org)

The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) in an audience with President Akufo-Addo has called on “Political Actors to ensure decorum and courtesy to their political opponents in how they present themselves before the citizens.”

The Archbishop of Tamale and President of the GCBC, Most Rev. Philip Naameh in a statement he read on behalf on the conference said “there is no need to denigrate, debase and dehumanize others to justify your own ability to perform.”

The statement acknowledged government’s efforts for “more dialogue and collaboration between government and religious bodies on many matters of national interest.”

The Bishops made these remarks during a meeting with the President on Friday, September 4, 2020 at the Jubilee House.

The GCBC also requested for a presidential charter for Catholic University College, Fiapre for it to be “an independent degree-awarding institution.” They further appealed to the President for a review in the high fees paid by missionaries working in Ghana for renewal of resident permit and quota.

Addressing the Bishops, President Akufo-Addo urged them not to shy away from reprimanding indecent and disrespectful comments made by political figures irrespective of their party affiliations.

He further added, “when things happen, we deal with each matter on its merit and not worry ourselves with whether the persons involved are in government or opposition. If what they have said is unacceptable, it should be pointed out that it is unacceptable.”

“For me, if a president opens his mouth to say something that is unacceptable, he should be reprimanded and in the same way, if opposition politicians should conduct themselves in their utterances in an unacceptable manner, they should be reprimanded”, the president said.

Nana Akufo-Addo used the occasion to remind Ghanaians that political discourses ought to be aimed at “sanitizing public space where debates and national issues dominate and shape public life.”

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