Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, has advised Ghanaians especially politicians to stop the blame game and surge towards peace building in the country.
Giving an illustration from the biblical account of the story of Adam and Eve, he said, Adam instead of admitting his iniquity and faults blamed Eve for his fall, whilst Eve also accused the serpent for deceiving her, which subsequently led to their punishment and final eviction from the Garden of Eden.
The Catholic Bishop was delivering a sermon at a festival of nine lessons and carols at the Christ the King Cathedral in Sunyani.
He noted that “since peace does not come by chance” Ghanaians needed to pray tirelessly, work and actualize it for the development of the nation.
Most Rev. Matthew Gyamfi reminded the congregants that the country enjoyed relative peace in the West African sub-region, which needed not to be marred with politics of insults and unnecessary arguments.
Mr. Kwasi Oppong Ababio, Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, cautioned the “serial callers” during phone-in segment of radio programmes to desist from using abusive language that could also create chaos in the community.
He advised the youth to be extra–vigilant against self-seeking politicians, who would want to influence them with money and alcohol.
The MCE advised the youth to be disciplined and to help protect the peace in the country and to desist from excessive intake of alcohol.
The occasion was interspersed with sweet melodies from choristers from Nkwabeng, Saint Peter’s at Fiapre, Sacred Heart at Penkwase and the Cathedral band in Sunyani, which took some congregants to the dancing floor.
Dr. Sackey Akomeah, Cathedral President, explained carols celebration was used to tell the story of humanity, the promise and the birth of the Messiah Jesus Christ as told in the Book of Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choral music.
The festival, introduced in Christendom in 1880, on Christmas Eve at 2200 hours was first celebrated in 1918 at the Kings College, Cambridge, England.