General News of 2014-03-17

Don't tag religious leaders as partisan - Mahama

President Mahama has described as unfortunate, attempts to politically tag religious leaders who pray for the nation and its leaders.
According to him, religious leaders have a role to play in government and must not be described as meddling in politics if they decide to pray for the nation’s leader.
“If religious leaders pray for the leadership and for that basis they are tagged as being partisan then we do have a problem. But it all flows from the deep partisan divide that we have,” President Mahama said.
“John Mahama would go one day, a new leader would be here and it is your duty to pray for that leader that he leads this country in a righteous manner and so I would count on you to join up with government to move the message to the next level,” President Mahama told clergy men at the Flagstaff House on Monday.
President Mahama also asked the clergy to support him in depolarizing the Ghanaian society.
He said he needs the prayers of the religious leaders in Ghana to govern well.
The president who is concerned about the politicization of national issues, encouraged the clergy to assist him in changing the attitude of Ghanaians towards government policies.
“If there is one thing that draws us back and does not enable us achieve our goals, it is the way the country is deeply divided.
“I have flagged it as an issue over and over again and I think that if you men of God and opinion leaders and leaders of the faithful take this up as an issue, I think that we would make some progress”.
Source: XYZ
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