Kumasi, Nov 16, GNA – Political party leaders have been asked to send clear message of disapproval of any act of misconduct as the nation inch closer general polls.
The Very Reverend Owusu-Agyemang Prempeh, Superintendent Minister of the Old-Tafo Circuit of the Methodist Church, said they should publicly denounce any reckless conduct by their supporters that had the tendency to trigger confusion and nasty clashes.
He was speaking at a youth sensitization forum held in Kumasi to talk young people out of political intolerance and violence.
The programme was organized by the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa, a non-profit organization, working to promote peace in conflict zones across the West African sub-region.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided the funding.
It brought together youth activists of the various political parties and identifiable youth groups in the metropolis.
The Very Rev Prempeh said there was absolutely no reason for Ghana to become polarized – be on edge over the democratic choice of its political leaders.
He said the expectation was that those seeking the mandate of the people to govern, should tell them, what they would be doing to make the country work for everybody.
It should not be about bullying, threatening and intimidating political opponents, he added.
He reminded the youth to get right with the law, saying they should be ready to take responsibility for their actions and inactions.
They should refuse to be manipulated by anybody to throw the country into turmoil in pursuit of their self-serving agenda.
He called for all to be measured in everything they did to protect and sustain the prevailing peace.
Sheikh Abdul Rauf, an Islamic Scholar, underlined the need for all to accept to put the nation ahead of individual interest, comfort and convenience.
On hand to address the gathering were officers from the Ghana Police Service, National Youth Authority (NYA), Christian Council of Ghana and Council of Imams and Ulamau.