At a peace advocacy symposium organised last Saturday in Accra by the Baraka Policy Institute (BPI), a social policy think tank, both Christian and Muslim leaders present demonstrated tolerance and set an enviable example for their followers when they encouraged the electorate to avoid violence before, during and after the December 7 polls.
The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr Cyril Fayose, and Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu, who represented the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, called on Muslim and Christian youths to resist any call to violence by any politician as the country inched towards the December 2020 general election.
Sheikh Shaibu said: “The greatest injustice that any politician will do to you is to reduce you to a tool for violence.
“When they come to you, see them as partisan people. We must reject violence. Violence is evil, it breaks, it destroys, it maims, it creates bitterness, it generates anger and creates hatred,” he advised.
He pointed out that the integrity and credibility of every election was contingent upon a peaceful environment, adding that “Peace is the greatest favour God gave to mankind and peace is necessary for every society to thrive.”
The symposium was held on the theme: “Leveraging on our religious values in ensuring peaceful elections in Ghana,” and was targeted at campaigning for the peace and serenity before, during and after the December polls.
It brought together both Muslim and Christian leaders from diverse denominations as well as Muslim and Christian youths, and various advocacy groups such as Initiative of Change, Mother of Nations, the Ghana Muslim Mission and the Qur’an and Sunna International Organisation.
Sheikh Shaibu said the youth could not be part of any violent situation because it contradicted with the teachings and principles of both Islam and Christia