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Mahama advises Muslim youths against terrorism

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President John Mahama
President John Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday advised Muslim youth not to allow themselves to be used by terrorists groups to taint the image of Islam that stands for peace at all times.

He called on them to resist all attempts by political leaders to use them as thugs during the electioneering activities this year.

“As we are approaching elections, they will come for you to engage in all kinds of activities that will undermine the peace and stability we are enjoying and if they come, tell them to go to Burma Camp and not Nima or any other Muslim community.”

President Mahama, who gave this advice during the Eid Fitr prayers at the Black Star Square in Accra, said it is unfortunate that most terrorists use Islam to harness their goals although the religion had all the times epitomised peace in the society.

The Eid Fitr prayers are used to mark the month-long prayer and fasting as part of the five pillars of the Islamic faith.

Hundreds of Muslims from all over Accra thronged the Black Star Square to have their annual prayers after fasting to ask for Allah’s forgiveness.

President Mahama commended Ghanaians for the peaceful co-existence among all religious and ethnic groups in the country and urged all to maintain the status quo by relating well irrespective of their political, religious and geographical persuasion.

He said Ghana had come a long way with struggles for independence and other freedoms and should therefore not allow ourselves to be used as agents of destruction and instability.

The President promised that government would continue to do everything under its purview to protect peace and stability the country is enjoying.

He urged Ghanaians not to be scared of fear and panic that is likely to be created especially before, during and after the general election.

He said much as every Ghanaian has the liberty to question anything that is considered undemocratic; it is about time to give the Electoral Commission the peace of mind to perform its constitutional duties.

On electricity, President Mahama said the Electricity Company of Ghana has carried out some re-alignment, which would give financial respite to consumers although the system could not be equated to subsidies.

In a speech read on his behalf, Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu, National Chief Imam called on Ghanaian Muslims to continue to show love to their underprivileged colleagues even after the month of Ramadan.

He appealed to government to put in place measures that would ensure free, fair and acceptable general election.

Source: GNA

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