Deal firmly with indiscipline, political vigilantism; Maulvi Salih tells govt, others

BY: Nana Konadu Agyeman
Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana, Alhaji Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih
Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana, Alhaji Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana has expressed strong reservation about the growing phenomena of indiscipline, lawlessness and corruption in all facets of the society.

It said the impunity with which rules, regulations and laws that related to both individuals and society were flouted by government officials, security personnel and political activists was very distasteful.

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The Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana, Alhaji Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, said such breaches of the law and orderliness had contributed to what he described as the chaotic disruption of the country’s education, judicial, economic, as well as law and order systems.

“If we must be counted among successful nations, the least that will be expected from each citizen, regardless of one’s position in life, is to respect the laid down rules and regulations of the society unconditionally,” he stated.

He was speaking at the commemoration of this year’s Eid ul Adha at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Conference Centre at Ashongman in Accra on Tuesday.


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Eid ul Adha is celebrated annually by all Muslims globally. It is in commemoration of the joint and collaborative sacrifice carried out by the Prophet Abraham and his wife, Hajira, as well as his son, Ismail to Allah.

Discipline

“Undoubtedly, disciplined nations have a much better chance of success than indisciplined ones and citizens of such disciplined nations feel loved, secured, hearty and gay,” Maulvi Salih said.

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He said discipline was not only just the secret of the success of great men but that the universe also stood on the same pedestal.

“The structure of the universe is the best guide for all of us and we should, therefore, learn about life, as well as the causes and reasons for the stability and success of the universe.

“The universe, as it were, is telling us loud and clear that the secret of its survival is the regularity and orderliness which her creator has ingrained in her,” he stated.

Maulvi Salih noted that while the peace officer had taken an oath to protect the citizenry, promote law and order, as well as discipline in the country, some of them despicably compromised the oath taken by them for a pittance, engaged in armed robbery or worst still, leased their official weapons to the armed robber for a fee.

He also indicated that sometimes, “our courts of competent jurisdiction mandated to interpret and enforce the laws of the country are clandestinely prevented from doing so with gross impunity.”

He contended that political vigilante groups that caused havoc and mayhem, criminally disrupted what he termed “a critical working order” had been reinforced by political parties that overlooked such gross misconduct.

Caution

Talking further on indiscipline, Maulvi Salih said such attitudes, which seem to have become the order of the day in the country, would eventually make Ghana a full-blown indisciplined nation.

He,therefore, called on the government, political leaders and  the security authorities to be firm in dealing and nipping in the bud the growing  political vigilantism and indiscipline in the society.

Maulvi Salih commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for demonstrating practical commitment in some instances to addressing the abuse of orderliness in the country.

“These very few instances, though an appreciable step forward, are woefully insignificant for a country that is seriously immersed in indiscipline, lawlessness and corruption up to phenomenal levels,” he stated.