The Cape Coast Area of The Church of Pentecost has launched its ‘Agent of Peace’ campaign aimed at raising awareness on the need to maintain peace before, during, and after the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana.
The event which took place on October 24, 2020, started with a float from Abura and Mfantsipim School, through the principal towns of Cape Coast.
Scores of members of the Church clad in branded caps and T-shirts including pastors and their wives marched through the principal streets preaching the message of peace before finally converging at Chapel Square for the launch of the event.
Chaired by the Oguaa Manhene, Osabarima Kwesi Attah ll, the event received collaboration from the Ghana Evangelism Committee, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) churches, and the Local Council of Churches in the Cape Coast Metropolis. There was a good representation of Muslim youth who participated fully in the float and the launch.
Speaking at the launch, the Cape Coast Area Head and Executive Council Member of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, admonished the people to pursue peace even as they go into the December elections.
According to him, “without peace, we cannot do anything as a nation and hence we must not allow tension and violence to destroy the peace the country has been enjoying as we go into the December polls.”
He indicated that, “an election is not a ‘do or die’ affair,” adding that, “all seeking political power must remember that leadership is for service and that should be our motive ahead of the 2020 elections.”
Apostle S. Y. Antwi urged Ghanaians, especially political parties, to carry the message of peace to all aspects of society.
The Deputy Central Regional Minister, Hon. Thomas Agyei Baffoe, thanked The Church of Pentecost for such an initiative and pleaded with her to carry out this all-important initiative across all the districts in the region.
He subsequently called on all, especially the youth to avoid violence and also charged them not to allow themselves to be used as a vehicle for violence by any political party or person ahead of the elections.
He pledged the Central Regional Coordinating Council’s commitment to ensuring peace before, during, and after the December 7 elections.
The Oguaa Manhene, Osabarima Kwesi Atta ll, charged residents of the municipality to reflect on the attitude of Christ and show love to all as they go to polls.
“Love is one of the key commandments Christ gave us and we must all pursue it. Where there is love for each other, violence will have no place in society. Hence we must not engage in fighting and violence but rather live as agents of peace in our homes, workplaces, schools, etc. before, during, and after the elections.”
The event was graced by personnel from the NCCE, Prisons Service, Police Service, Central Regional Peace Council, National Security, political parties representatives, Office of the Regional Chief Imam, and sister churches.