We can't sacrifice peace on the altar of politics -Maulvi
5/15/2012 5:06:12 PM -
By: Musah Umar Farouq, Wa
The Ameer and Missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Ghana, Maulvi Dr. Wahab Adam, has expressed optimism that despite the violence that characterised the just-ended biometric registration exercise in some constituencies, this year's elections would be peaceful.
According to him, recent developments on the political front showed that if much was not done in terms of education and sensitisation, the peace currently being enjoyed, could be sacrificed on the altar of politics.
He has, therefore, cautioned all well-meaning Ghanaians to team up and condemn political violence and abusive language.
Maulvi Wahab Adam made the call at Wa last Friday, during the 50 th Regional Conference of the Ahmadiyya Mission, which was under the theme: 'The role of the Ahmadi Muslim towards Peaceful and Transparent Elections.'
He said the continuous use of lies and abusive language against each other in the name of politics was worrying, and appealed to Muslim politicians to help bring the situation under control.
The Ameer said the time had come for all religious leaders to educate their followers from the pulpits, through symposia and funerals, on the need for peace in the country.
He said religious leaders in the country would be failing in their duties as men of God if they thought of peace, only for the purposes of the upcoming December polls, adding that 'we need to think about peace as a long-term ingredient towards the achievement of our objective as a nation.'
The Ahmadi Head appealed to political parties, security agencies, the National Peace Council, National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), the Electoral Commission, the media, traditional rulers, religious bodies and all institutions that are constitutionally mandated to help organise and supervise Elections 2012 to ensure free, fair, transparent and peaceful general elections.
He further appealed for tolerance, accommodation and mutual trust and respect, despite our political parties, ethnic and religious diversity, so that together, we build a united and peaceful nation.
The Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemana, said the government was concerned and committed to the sustenance of peace in the country, and would do everything possible to maintain it before, during, and after the December polls.
He called on Ghanaians to come to the realisation that without peace, nobody could talk of democracy or development, stressing that the experiences of neighbouring Ivory Coast should serve as reminder to every citizen in this country.
Alhaji Sulemana stressed the need for all Ghanaians, irrespective of their political persuasions, to unequivocally condemn actions and utterances that seek to undermine the nation's quest for peace and stability.
He commended the organisers of the event for the theme, and hoped that all persons would come on board to make the country a peaceful one.
Alhaji Sulemana further pointed out that one of the biggest challenges confronting Muslims in the country was in the area of education, noting that even though the Muslim community could boast of some of the best brains in the country, the apparent neglect of education had been adverse to their development, and that there was the need to strive to reverse the trend by encouraging people to give much more attention to education, especially that of the girl child.
'We need to seek to develop the potential of the young ones, so that they can grow to become useful to themselves, their families, the society and the country. This will also reduce the volubility and susceptibility of being used for diabolical and negative acts,' he advised.