The youth wing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Movement (Khuddam-Ul Ahmadiyya) Ghana, has pledged its commitment to maintaining the peace during the activities heralding the November 7 general election and thereafter.
According to the group, the election was their topmost priority, therefore, Ghanaians should do their best to ensure that the elections were conducted devoid of violence.
The group made the pledge at the 35th Annual Rally of the Central-West Region at Ekumfi Essakyir.
The three-day convention which had the theme, “Ensuring peaceful elections, our responsibilities”, was to provide the platform for members of the Ahmadiyya Youth Movement to deliberate on their past activities and adopt strategies for the future.
It was also to strengthen their faith in Islam.
Mohammed Quantson, the headmaster of the Ekumfi T.I Ahmadiyya Senior High School, who delivered the keynote address, urged the major stakeholders, particularly the political parties, Electoral Commission, security agencies and the media, to ensure fairplay, justice and equality so as to maintain the integrity of the poll.
Mr. Quantson said the conduct of political parties was crucial to successful elections, and therefore cautioned the leaders of the various political parties to be mindful of their utterances.
According to Mr Quantson, their actions and inactions could influence their supporters to indulge in violence.
He said the right to join a political party of choice should be exercised with love and understanding for the country so that there would be unity of purpose to foster national development.
Mr. Quantson noted that the youth were often used by the political parties to achieve their ambitions and, therefore, advised the Muslim youth to be bold and shun politicians who might engage them to resort to violence and other illegal means for any purpose.
“Remember that Islam stands for peace and for that matter, our actions and inactions must portray that,” he cautioned.
Sadique Bin Usman, the President of the Ahmadiyya Youth Wing in the Central-West Region, said Islamic teachings, as expounded in the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith, repeatedly admonished Muslims to ensure peaceful co-existence in their neighbourhood so that they can live by these teachings.
He explained that the theme was chosen bearing in mind that all well-meaning Ghanaians, irrespective of gender, tribe, and status in society, religious persuasion or political affiliation, would never wish doom for the country.
Mr. Abdul Noor Wahab, the National President of the Ahmadiyya Youth Wing, said it was time Ghanaians realised that they had a stake in ensuring that the November polls became peaceful such that they could continue to enjoy the peace.
He asked all Muslims to continue to pray fervently for the country because it was going through difficult moments.