Adventist Singing Band Rallies For Peace
Choir groups from the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) under the umbrella name, Ghana Adventist Singing Band Union (GASBU), have come together and began activities to ensure peace prevail in the country, during and after the November 7 general elections.
The group, whose main target is to preach peace and tolerance to create awareness among the public, particularly between supporters of various political parties on Saturday, June 11, staged a mammoth rally at Dansoman to begin the peace campaign.
Led by their leadership, the group colorfully dressed in a purple lacoste shirt, marched through some principal streets of Dansoman, amidst singing of melodious songs to advocate for peace and unity.
The rally dubbed, “Peace Rally” held under the theme; “Let peace reign; Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem…ICHR.29:9” was graced by the Divisional Police Commander for Dansoman, ACP Antwi Tabi, as the guest speaker.
Also in attendance at the event to co-chair the occasion were the parliamentary candidates for Ablekuma West and Central Constituencies, Mrs. Diana Twum and Mr. Ebenezer Nii Narh Nartey, on the ticket of National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP), respectively.
Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekufu was, however, not present at the gathering, even though she was invited as a guest of honour.
Speaking at the event, ACP Antwi Tabi, cautioned the public to desist from engaging in unlawful activities that would disturb the peace of the country.
According to him, people have the right to demonstrate and register their displeasure, however, they must do so in a manner, which will not disturb the public peace. He therefore, appealed to all and sundry to be tolerant and obey law and order during and after the impending elections.
In an interview with this paper, Music Director for GASBU, Pastor Mark Hado, said as the election draws closer, the Singing Band union, deems it important to bring together all stakeholders in the election, such as politicians to speak to the public ahead of the general elections.
According to Pastor Mark Hado, the Singing Band, is engaging in series of programmes across the country for peace in order to water down the tension and anxiety building up in people. He indicated that, apart from the singing band union, the youth department and other unions of the SDA nationwide, are also embarking on the peace mission.
Pastor Mark Hado said the ‘Peace Rally’ was not just a programme meant to bring only SDA members together to sing and dance, but it is a serious programme that is why leadership of GASBU, has invited people in authority like police service, as well as political parties to talk to the public in order to hold the banner for peace high.
He said, the church was doing all these for the world to know and realize that peace is something we cannot take for granted.