A presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Arthur Kobina Kennedy, has called on tertiary students to help change the trend where some politicians insult their opponents during campaigns, and rather concentrate on how they would address issues.
He said this would enlighten the electorate on pertinent national issues for them to make informed choices during elections.
Dr Kennedy was speaking on the topic “The Role of Students in National Development, Past, Present and Future” at a forum organised by the Valco Hall as part of activities marking its annual hall week celebration.
The occasion also marked the launching of a website for the hall.
Dr Kennedy noted that students were pressure groups who acted to champion the cause of the poor and weak in the society.
He said students could become shining examples in the fight for tribal, political and religious tolerance if they would respect themselves.
The Hall Master of Valco Hall, Dr Daniel Okae-Nti, who launched the website, urged the students to patronise it.
He said the hall would upgrade the website as time went on to sustain it since it would open the hall to the whole world.
In a related development, Sheikh Ahmed Nazil, a Kumasi-based Muslim scholar, said lack of knowledge about the Islamic religion had made people associate violence with it.
He said Islam was a peaceful religion and any act of violence associated with it was misplaced.
He was addressing a forum organised by the University of Cape Coast Muslim Students Association (GMSA) as part of the Valco Hall week celebration.
Sheikh Nazil said that Islam preached against violence and promoted peace, tolerance, forgiveness, patience and tolerance.
He said Islamic religion advised its members on the principles of fairness and justice and, therefore, called on all Muslims to disassociate themselves from violence, since such acts were contrary to the teachings of Islam.
The National President of the GMSA, Salifu Ali Dayinday, called on Muslims to work hard to champion the cause of Islam.