Honorable Stephen Asamoah Boateng, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, has called for unity among Christians and other religious factions.
During his fellowship with Apostle Eric Nyamekye, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Hon. Asamoah Boateng emphasized the significance of peaceful coexistence, transcending race, status, and religious differences that may exist within worship communities.
Addressing a congregation at the Dr Thomas Wyatt Temple of The Church of Pentecost in Accra Newtown on Sunday, June 4, 2023, Hon. Asamoah Boateng highlighted the importance of living harmoniously and worshiping as one people, while respecting the traditions of their land. He expressed that this unity is what God desires from His followers.
Accompanying the delegation from the Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Ministry were Mr. Jojo Blankson (Special Aide), Mr. Richard Obeng Boafo (Acting Director, Religious Affairs), Mrs. Christiana Oppong (Programmes Officer), and Aiysha Ganiyo (Special Assistant to the Minister).
Hon. Asamoah Boateng emphasized the crucial link between peace and national development, emphasizing the shared responsibility of both the government and citizens in achieving progress. He explained that while the government has its own set of responsibilities, it is essential for everyone to contribute to the nation’s growth. He, therefore, called for patience as the government works to recover from the economic crisis, cautioning against putting excessive pressure on the government as it may have adverse consequences.
The Minister expressed gratitude to The Church of Pentecost for their fervent prayers and unwavering support through various Chaplaincy initiatives carried out by the Church.
Addressing Chieftaincy matters, the sector minister highlighted the need for the recognition of queen mothers in the Chieftaincy Act. He noted that over 70% of disputes in the country stem from Chieftaincy matters, and the inclusion of queen mothers in the Act would enable them to play a significant role in conflict resolution. He emphasized the importance of addressing the root causes of conflicts, often arising from bitterness among chiefs and their subjects.
Hon. Asamoah Boateng called for a change of heart and a deeper understanding among the people, as these factors significantly impact their way of life.
In response, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, emphasized the need for Christians to exemplify the character of Christ and reflect His glory in all aspects of their lives. He encouraged Christians to strive to live according to the teachings of Christ, promoting peace and harmony without bitterness.
The service was attended by community leaders, including Elder Dr. Nana Amo Tobin (CEO. Tobinco Group of Companies & Chief of Apinto Traditional Area), Nana Oppong Agyei Sikapa (Krontihene of Kumawu Temante), Nii Kpowulunor III (Kokomlemle Family Head), Nii Tettey Oboni Onamonsro II (Kokomlemle Mantse), Naa Dede Awula I (Kokomlemle Manye), Nii Tetteh Adjabeng II (Adabraka Mantse), Naa Oforiwaa Danso I (Akutuase Dzaase Manye), Nii Kpani Addy Addy (Kokomlemle Okyeame), and Benjamin Tettey Addy (Kokomlemle Stool Secretary).
Others included Nana Asampomaa Asensema II (Paramount Queen Apesokubi Traditional Area), Nana Ofori Asiama (Kroti Hene of Apesokubi Anyinasin), Nana Ofori Asiama (Kroti Hene of Apesokubi Anyinasin), Nana Obrim Apreko (Kroti Hemaa of Tepa Traditional Area), Nana Addobea (Nkoso Hemaa of Apesokubi), Nana Ama Kintinki (Adonten Hemaa of Pampawe Amanta), Nana Abena Frempomaa (Asante Mampong Oboben Hemaa), Naa Adese Omanye Sane III (Okpoigonno Manye), Nii Abiriw Anum (Anum-Teiman Seitse), Naa Dede Awura (Kokomlemle Akrade Manye), Nana Kofi Akuma V (Edwumako Mando Obaatan).