As part of effort to contribute to peaceful elections, The Christian council together with the Office of the National Chief Imam has launched an interfaith youth sensitisation programme in Accra.
The programme held under the sponsorship of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) is aimed at educating the youth to desist from violence and acts that could jeopardise peace before, during and after the elections.
Participants at the event were drawn from the church leadership, Imams and civil organisations who pledged their commitment to peaceful elections.
Addressing the participants on the theme, ‘Say Yes To Peace,’ the General Secretary of the Christian council, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong called on politicians to preach peace and not to engage the youth in violence and cheating during election since the youth are the future leaders.
“Democracy is a step towards development therefore we should not allow our political differences to interfere with our core goal as Ghanaians,” he said.
According to him, the programme would help educate the public especially the youth on the need to avert themselves being manipulated by politicians who do not care about the peace in the country to perpetuate violence come December.
Rev. Opuni-Frimpong advised the youth to critically think about their future, achieve their dreams and work hard for the development of the country.
He also called religious leaders to use their various platforms to send the message across, in order to ensure the peace in the country is secured.
The spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Shiekh Arimiyao Shuaib, said there was a huge responsibility on religious leaders to prove to Ghanaians that, despite their differences, they could pursue a common goal.
He said about 95 per cent of the youth were either Christians or Muslims, therefore if pragmatic measures are in place and the youth mobilised under the campaign of peace then peace is guaranteed.
“As religious leaders, we will dominate, take the centre stage, uphold and make peace the top most priority in the country,“ he said.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong & Dinah Twumasi