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African leaders must be good losers!

By James Harry Obeng

African politicians have been charged to learn to be “good losers” committed to imbibing peace and unity when they fail to clinch victory in elections.

Brother Emmanuel Aighalua, President of the God’s Kingdom Society (GKS), a church in Nigerian, who made the call, said it was becoming a common characteristic on the continent for politicians to resort to stirring violence and mayhem rather than peacefully conceding defeat in elections.

He however prayed that with the peace and tolerance that have marked the country’s democratic dispensation into a shinning example on the continent, she would have a successful presidential and parliamentary elections in December.

Bro. Aighalua made the admonition when he led a pastoral delegation of the church to pay a courtesy call on the deputy Minister of Information and National Orientation, Frank Agyekum, in Accra.

Among the delegation were Bro B.T. Hart, Publicity Secretary, Bro O.D. Akinwale, Financial Secretary, Messrs S.M.O Ayavoro, T.O. Esimogbele and Bro E.M.Oki, chairman of the Ecclesiastical Court of the Lord’s Ministry.

The delegation is in the country to commemorate the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, named Freedom Day, slated for Sunday October 12, at the Accra Polytechnic campus.
It is the fourth of take place in Ghana since 2005.
The GKS believes that Jesus Christ was born in the month of October, contrary to December as generally by a larger section of Christendom.

Bro Aighalua noted that the current political atmosphere in the country which extolled calmness and contentment, were prerequisites for the conduct of peaceful general elections.

He advised competing politicians and political parties to exercise decorum and restraint in their campaign by not attacking the image of personalities, but rather tackle issues that would improve the lot of the country after the elections.

“Let’s trade more on issues and ideas rather than attacking opponents because elections are jaw-jaw and not war-war”, he said.

He urged the electorate to vote for God-fearing leaders who would ascend leadership to serve the interest of the country “and not to fill their pockets”.

He said the country’s religious community has a role to play in ensuring an incident-free election and called on them to “back their prayers with conscious education of their members on the rules on elections so that they will not be used by some politicians to cause violence”.

Welcoming the delegation to his office, Agyekum assured the group of the government’s support in ensuring a successful Freedom Day celebration, and tasked them to back the efforts of the country to have successful elections in December through their prayers.

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October 16, 2008 - Posted by | News

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