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General News Tue, 30 Sep 1997

Vice President Urges Christians To Be Active In Politics

Accra,(Greater Accra Region) 28, Sept. The Vice-President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, has urged Christians to be actively involved in politics to help build a better society. "We should all be involved in politics, and the more upright, sincere and Godly men and women get involved, the more we shall see our nation prosper in peace and harmony," he said. Professor Mills was speaking on "Can the Christian be an effective Politician?" at a one-day seminar in Accra last night by the Prayer Network - Ghana, a non-denominational Christian organisation. The seminar, attended by about 60 participants was under the theme: "raising the Christian public voice." Prof Mills said Christian politicians should see their vocation as a call from God to serve humanity adding that they must uphold the highest principles of their faith and not rpt not to compromise their stand for political convenience. He said if Christians refuse to get involved in politics the fear of God cannot be brought to bear on the affairs of state and it will be left to unbelievers to lead the nation according their tenets. Prof Mills said Christians are not the only honest politicians adding that Ghana is a secular state that allows for freedom of worship. "Good governance can only come about when men and women of goodwill become involved (in politics), and good governance is the necessary foundation for a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous life on earth." he said. Mr Sam Okudzeto, President of the Ghana Bar Association, speaking on "The rights and duties of the Christian in civil society" asked Ghanaians to study the constitution to enable them to know their rights. and responsibilities He said the rights of the people are trampled upon because they are not rpt not aware of them. He said the government is not rpt not the only institution guilty of abusing the rights of the people, adding that "it happens all the time in our homes, schools and churches." Mrs Joyce Wereko-Brobby, former Minister of Education, speaking on "The media, freedom of expression and the Christian," said the constitutional era places a lot of responsibilities on journalists. "On the one hand media practitioners are supposed to report truthful, unbiased and accurate stories, on the other, they are expected to be the voice of the suffering masses and expose wrong doing in society." She asked media practitioners to go about their duties truthfully and to present all sides of an issue. Mrs Wereko-Brobby asked Christians to interact with media practitioners to encourage them where they deserve and criticize them where necessary.

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