The Ashanti Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Alhassan Yakubu, has cautioned politicians against mobilizing the youth for political violence as the country approaches the general elections.
He bemoaned the use of “macho-men” to intimidate voters and snatch ballot boxes, saying “it is completely unacceptable and must be avoided.”
Mr Yakubu, who made the call at a day’s workshop for “macho-men,” in Kumasi, said some politicians take advantage of the vulnerability of some people and influence them to threaten the peace and stability of the country.
The programme was organised by the Millennium Child Support Group, a non-governmental organisation with support from Star-Ghana, a multi-donor pooled funding mechanism.
The Regional Director advised “macho-men” “You should reject monetary offers and gifts by politicians meant to entice you to bully, physically assault, maim or kill people they perceive to be their political enemies.”
Mr. Yakubu asked them to use their energy to help the law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order before, during and after the coming December elections, and to join the on-going peace campaign to improve multi-party democracy.
Mr. Ato Parker, Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, urged political leaders and their supporters to uphold the political parties’ code of conduct to avoid needless tension.
Mr. Gilbert Polos Ntiamoah, National president of Macho-men for Peace and Justice, pledged to resist overtures by politicians to break the law and undermine the peace of the country.