The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, has asked the military not to allow perception and mistrust to divide their ranks, as that would be tantamount to betraying the citizens’ trust in the Armed Forces.
He urged them to close their ranks, stressing that a house divided could not fight together, even to the extent of helping others.
The CDS made the call at the mid-year non-denominational religious parade organised on Sunday in Accra by the Fifth Garrison of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on the theme: “Building the virtue of Religion, The unwritten military regulation for a good soldier”.
“The GAF is not conscriptive. Every individual came on his or her own volition. It therefore behoved everyone to act responsibly and learn to speak the truth at all times”, he said, and noted that as vanguards of the country, the GAF must not destroy what it had toiled for over the years.
Vice Admiral Quashie noted that God had been good to the GAF and the country, and urged the clergy to institute a group of prayer warriors to intercede on behalf of the forces, to enable them to better understand issues affecting their welfare.
The CDS pledged that he would never allow the disintegration of the GAF under his watch, and urged the officers to constantly encourage their men to offer honest and dedicated services to the people.
An international evangelist, Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, who preached the sermon, commended the GAF for bringing all religious sects together and urged others including politicians, the clergy and individuals to emulate that unity.
“The country must learn to emulate the example of the GAF; it is this type of unity that the country needs”, he said.
Preaching on “What offences could do,” Dr. Tetteh urged the GAF to remain united in order not to forfeit what they toiled for over the years.
“Offences are dangerous because they destroy goodwill; make you lose your future, religion as well as values and truth,” he said.
A Muslim scholar and Director of Peace and Interface Dialogue in Ghana, a non- governmental organisation, Dr. Sahmudeen Salih Harun, urged the officers and men to be dutiful, obedient, and worship God with all values and virtues.
According to him, worshipping God did not mean confining oneself but rather offering assistance to the underprivileged, fulfilling community pledges, being patient at all times, and respecting all manner of persons irrespective of their religion.
Dr. Harun condemned the barbaric manner in which people went about killing innocent people in the name of religion and urged the GAF to continue living in peace.
By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu