General News of Tuesday, 5 January 2016
President John Dramani Mahama has assured Ghanaians of his government’s commitment to ensuring a credible and peaceful elections to consolidate the country’s democratic credentials.
He has therefore pledged not to be the cause of any political violence in the country.
“Nobody – none of us politicians is greater than Ghana. And so, none of us has the right to weed violence on this country, and I hope that is the pledge all of us in the political circles will adapt,” he noted.
President Mahama was speaking at this year’s celebration of ‘Mawulid’ to commemorate the birth of the Holy Prophet Mohammed at Fadama, a suburb of Accra last Sunday.
The event was under the theme “Democracy in a Peaceful Atmosphere”.
Commenting further, he entreated the youth to be wary of the use of the internet and avoid extremist groups that are using the facility to train and radicalize the vulnerable in society.
“Some of the doctrinal face that preaches violence against fellow human beings are using the internet as a means of radicalizing young growing minds to accept that doctrine of violence. And so, it is our duty to look out for the signs of radicalization”.
He told the gathering that he is for peace and will forever remain committed to the peace that he has been preaching over the years.
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Nuhu Ousman Shaributu in his address called on political leaders to practice democracy in a peaceful atmosphere.