Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has called on Ghanaian youth, especially those in the Zongo community, to resist any attempt to draft them into engaging in any anti-social activities, especially political vigilantism.
He urged the youth to rather concentrate on tackling the major concerns of the Zongo communities, including jobs, education, and business development.
The former deputy governor of the central bank told the youth to form 'Job-lantes, Edu-lantes and Busi-lantes' instead of vigilante groups, to promote their welfare and the development of the nation.
Speaking at the 51st anniversary celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by Sheikh Abdul Wadud in Kumasi on Sunday, March 10, 2019 the Vice President expressed great worry that many of the people said to be engaged in political vigilantism and other anti-social behaviour are said to be drawn from the Zongo community.
"Allah has blessed the Zongo youth with multiple positive attributes and talents such as strength, courage, knowledge, sports skill, entrepreneurship, vocational skill, etc. and I want to urge the youth of this country, particularly my dear brothers in the Zongo Communities to put their God-given talents to good use for their own benefits and for the benefit of their respective families, communities as well as the nation.
"The youth of our country, particularly my brothers from the Zongo Communities, should not, under any circumstance, avail themselves to be used for any illegal activity, which also pose great risks to their valuable and cherished lives.
"I want to urge the youth who are involved in the operations of the various political parties to exhibit great sense of tolerance, whether it is intra-party, or inter-party contest. For the Zongo and Muslim youth, it is even more important, and an obligation to be tolerant and peaceful in accordance with the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad," Alhaji Dr Bawumia stated.
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He opined that it was instructive that the politicians who encourage political vigilantism and recruit such persons do not involve their children in such activities.
"They come to you and tell you to go and perpetuate violence and other acts while their own children are in school, doing good jobs or abroad working to better their lives. When these politicians come to you, ask them why they are not using their own children to do what they're asking you to do."
Dr. Bawumia also sounded a note of caution to persons engaged in such activities, emphasising that President Akufo-Addo has publicly indicated his resolve to crack down on political vigilantism, and will deal ruthlessly with anyone engaged in such activities.
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