Politicians cautioned against ethnocentrism

Rev. Dr. Samwini

Rev. Dr. Samwini

A lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Reverend Dr. Nathan Samwini, has cautioned politicians not to do anything to incite religious or ethnic passions in their desperate bid to win political power.

He said wooing voters by appealing to their strong feelings on religion or ethnicity could be counter-productive and dangerous to the peace, unity and stability of the country.

Rev. Dr. Samwini of the Religious Studies Department of the KNUST, said this in a speech read on his behalf at an inter-faith meeting held in Kumasi, on the theme, “One nation, many faiths”.

The programme, organised by the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) in collaboration with the KNUST, brought together people from different religious backgrounds to discuss ways of sustaining the prevailing peace in the country.

Rev. Dr. Samwini said the fact that Ghana had not experienced any major religious conflict should neither deceive nor make people take things for granted.

He urged political leaders and their followers to be responsible and focus on issues that would promote harmony, cohesion of society and the transformation of the socio-economic situation of the people.

Rev. Dr. Samwini encouraged religious, community and opinion leaders to continue to preach peace, and help to stave off needless tension or nasty clashes.

Rev Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, General-Secretary of the Christian Council, said the programme was part of the effort to ensure religious tolerance, describing this as vital to the growth of the society.

The Council, he said, would continue to work hard and strengthen its engagement with leaders of the various religious faiths to promote good understanding.

-GNA

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