Lome, 14 January, 2020 / 4:23 am (ACI Africa).
As eligible voters in the West African nation of Togo prepare to take part in the Presidential polls scheduled for next month, the new Lomé-based Archbishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Bénissan used the occasion of his installation to call on those involved in organizing the election to ensure a credible process and on his compatriots to remain calm throughout the period of elections.
“Divine Providence has willed that the inauguration of my ministry in the Archdiocese of Lomé should take place a few weeks before the presidential election, a crucial moment in the life of our country which rightly arouses an understandable effervescence,” Archbishop Barrigah told thousands of Christians including Togo’s President, Faure Gnassingbé who witnessed his installation as the new Archbishop of Lomé Saturday, January 11.
Archbishop Barrigah underscored the value of general elections saying, “The unity, peace and development of a country depend very much on the personal qualities of those who govern it.”
Considering the February 22 poll imminent, the Togolese Prelate made an urgent call on “all those involved in the political game to demonstrate fairness, honesty and transparency” and on his compatriots “to remain calm throughout the electoral process.”
Citing Pope Francis’ address to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America last March, Archbishop Barrigah said, “Politics is not the mere art of administering power, resources or crises. Politics is not a mere search for efficiency, strategy and organized action. Politics is a vocation to service, a lay diaconate that promotes social friendship for the generation of the common good.”