14 December 2012

Ghana: Mahama Calls for Christian and Moslem Prayers

President John Dramani Mahama, on Thursday, requested the country's religious groups to offer special prayers in the Mosques and Churches this weekend for "Ghana to continue to enjoy peace and stability" after successful general elections.

A statement signed by the Minister of Information, Mr. Fritz Baffour, said President Mahama, in a letter to the National Chief Imam and the Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, asked them to request all Mosques to offer special prayers on Friday December 14.

"The Christian Council of Ghana, Catholic Bishops Conference, National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches and Council for African Indigenous Churches have also been requested to ask all member churches to offer special prayers on Sunday December 16." The statement also requested the Adventists to join the prayer session on Saturday.

President Mahama thanked the religious groups for their commendable role, through prayers and advocacy for the peaceful and successful elections. He urged Ghanaians to continue to pray for peace.

In another development, the Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has sent a message of congratulations to President John Dramani Mahama on his election as president in last Friday's poll.

A letter to President Mahama, released by the Office of the President on Wednesday, said the success of the elections was yet another milestone in the consolidation of democracy in Ghana.

President Johnson Sirleaf wrote: "Your election reflects, we believe, the confidence your compatriots have in your demonstrated leadership skills, and your ability to steer the ship of state through stormy weather, and to steadily stay on course.

"As you begin your new term of office, we pray that the Almighty God will continue to shower you with blessings, wisdom, courage and sustained good health, for the onerous task ahead."

She expressed the hope that the long and cordial relations between our two countries and people would be further cemented under President Mahama's able leadership.

She assured President Mahama of Liberia's cooperation in working together for the mutual benefit of the two countries, and for the promotion of the objectives of the Charters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union and the United Nations.

Meanwhile, the Cadre Front, on Thursday, congratulated President John Dramani Mahama for emerging victorious in Elections 2012, saying it was the outcome of his steel-like determination and endurance.

"You conducted the campaign against all odds in 39 days, to turn the fortunes of our great party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) around to victory. This is not only remarkable, but commendable.

"We, the cadres of the 31st December revolutionary process are only too aware of the resource and logistical constraints, but did not... hinder your campaign," Mr. Roger Beckly, Chairman of the Cadre Front, said in a statement issued to the Ghana News Agency.

"You submerged your personal comfort and needs in pursuit of the gains of the greater collective interest of our party, touring the length and breadth, nooks and crannies of our country, soliciting and canvassing votes with sheer truth and honesty.

"As is the reward of the just and righteous, victory crowned your efforts, which you humbly and modestly dedicated to the memory of your mentor and comrade, the late President John Evans Atta Mills," the statement said.

It said: "In the light of this monumental feat, we wish to congratulate your campaign team, all the executives and members of the NDC, the people of Ghana, and your good self for our victory and a job well done. We wish you God's divine guidance in your new tenure of office. Congratulations and Aluta continua."

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