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30.08.2004 Regional News

Learn to keep appointments and promises -Leaders told

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Kumasi, Aug 30, GNA - Dr Amen Bonsu, National Co-ordinator of the Ghana Muslim Mission, has appealed to people in responsible positions to learn to keep their appointments and promises.

He said they should be modest and refrain from negative tendencies that could bring their positions into disrepute.

Dr Bonsu, the Managing Director of Amen Scientific Herbal Clinic in Kumasi, said this was very important since they will be called to give accounts of their stewardship one day.

He was speaking on the theme, "Developing A Disciplined Youth Through Religion" at the third annual national congress of the Muslim Youth Organisation, a youth wing of the Ghana Muslim Mission in Kumasi on Sunday.

Dr Bonsu urged the Muslim youth to have faith in God and pray regularly to receive God's blessings.

He also asked them to refrain from immoral acts and help rebuild the country. "The future of this country lies in your hands and you will reap what you will sow in the years ahead".

Alhaji Ahmed Akwasi Yeboah, Kwabre District Chief Executive, urged Muslims to allow Islamic teachings to permeate their lives so as to attract non-Muslims into the religion.

He advised the youth to respect the elderly and initiate plans and programmes that will enable them sustain and build on what their leaders have done.

The DCE urged Muslims not to allow party politics to divide their ranks. ''No political party is better than Islam so you should not allow politics to influence you to fight or insult your neighbours.'' ''Rush to the polling stations on the election day to cast tyour votes, respect the results of the elections and accept whoever wins as President or Member of Parliament in good faith.''

In a speech read on his behalf, Pastor Chris Nyame, President of the Federation of Youth Associations of Ghana, urged the youth to gird their loins and evolve programmes to combat indiscipline in the society.

"I humbly implore the leadership of the Muslim Youth Organisation to search through the Holy Quran and the traditions of the Holy Prophet to come out with concrete solutions to stem indiscipline", he said. "We need to have a disciplined youth in the society to build a righteous nation and I believe Islam may find a solution", he said.

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