The People's National Convention (PNC) has cautioned the youth against allowing themselves to be weaponised against religious and political leaders.
A statement signed by PNC's National Youth Organiser, Muniru Seidu Mohammed, called out some political party youth who recently attacked Ashanti regional Chief Imam Sheik Abdul Mumin Harun; as well as Ningo Prampram MP Sam George's "bigoted" remark against Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.
Read the PNC's full statement below:
STOP USING THE YOUTH TO ATTACK OUR RELIGIOUS CLERGY
The People's National Convention (PNC) Youth condemn in the strongest terms the recent attacks on the Ashanti regional Chief Imam Sheik Abdul Mumin Harun by certain groups affiliated to a political party.
It is disheartening to witness political parties exploiting their youth to disrespect and undermine our esteemed religious leaders.
We unequivocally condemn the bigoted remark made by Hon. Sam
George against His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice president.
Such language goes against the principles of tolerance, unity, and constructive political discourse that should be upheld by all public figures and representatives.
We respect the right of every individual to express their views and opinions freely.
However, this should not be a licence to attack and belittle our religious bodies, such as the Ashanti regional Chief Imam, for expressing his opinion.
Religious leaders, irrespective of their faith, play a vital role in guiding and shaping the moral fabric of our society.
They serve as beacons of wisdom and provide spiritual guidance to millions of Ghanaians.
It is, therefore, disconcerting to witness their loyalty and integrity being questioned simply because they expressed their personal thoughts.
We call upon all political parties to refrain from using their youth as instruments of disrespect towards our religious leaders.
Instead, let us focus on constructive debates and discussions that enrich our democracy, rather than fostering division and undermining the fabric of our society.
We urge all Ghanaians to embrace tolerance, respect, and understanding, especially in matters pertaining to religion and politics. Let us stand united in upholding the principles and values that have made Ghana a beacon of democracy and harmony in Africa.
The younger generation needs to pay careful attention to the policies and ideas presented by political parties, focusing on their potential to create employment opportunities.
They should also examine these policies, whether proposed by their own party or others, in order to make informed decisions that would benefit young people in the 2024 election.
It is essential for the youth not to be exploited by political parties, but to assertively demand better policies that prioritise their needs.
Together, we can foster an inclusive and respectful society that allows for the free expression of ideas, while simultaneously safeguarding the dignity and honor of our religious leaders.