As the nation eagerly awaits the verdict of the Supreme Court on the petition challenging the 2012 Presidential election results, the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) has called on Ghanaians to continue to pray, work and champion the cause of peace before and after the verdict of the court to guarantee the development of the nation in a peaceful environment.

Addressing the nation in a live teleconference in Accra, the President of GCBC, Most Rev Joseph Osei-Bonsu observed that the current state of uneasy calm in the country requires of every citizen and group the collective duty and responsibility to contribute to the greater justice and peace of the nation.

“As we await the court`s decision, we encourage all Ghanaians to prepare their minds and hearts to receive the judgment that the supreme court will give in good faith and to see it as a victory for Ghana’s democracy??. He advised.

Ghana, the bishops noted is perceived as a functional African democratic state and a model of stability after going through six successive polls to the admiration of the international community due to the collective responsibility of all Ghanaians.

The conference cautioned against political complacency that has the potential to derail the gains made by the nation and appealed to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) and their supporters to accept the courts verdict in good faith.

It called both victors and losers in the petition to exhibit a high sense of sportsmanship after the declaration of the judgment. It urged the winners to be magnanimous in victory by avoiding acts of teasing and unnecessary celebration that can result into conflicts.

Media houses and practitioners have also been urged to be circumspect their reportage and encourage reconciliation for nation cohesion and development after the courts verdict in given.

The bishops, shepherds of Gods people prayed for the Holy Spirit`s guidance to the nine (9) judges of the Supreme Court to be endowed with courage and strength to deliver the right judgment without fear or favour.

The Catholic Bishops urged all Ghanaians to put Ghana First in every endeavor because Ghana is the only home we have.

By Christian Kpesese

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