GA E: Don’t allow political Macho-men to induce you to violence - Veep
|Mr. Amissah Arthur-VP|| |
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur on Sunday stressed the Government’s commitment to peace before, during and after the general election.
He, however, expressed concern about the recruitment of political machomen, especially in the Zongos, to cause violence against political opponents.
He said: “These Machomen are often paid little allowances and abandoned after the exercise. I wish to strongly advise that we resist the temptations of such opportunists in our communities.”
The Vice President was addressing members of the Ghana Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission marking this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr, a festival marking the end of the monthly fast, at Ashongman, near Madina, in the Greater Accra Region.
Thousands of Ahmadi Muslims, wearing mostly white clothes, with foulards over their heads, participated in the festival at their headquarters, the Ahmadi Centre, at Ashongman.
They defied the morning rain and sat on the grass in rapt attention to the messages which were interspersed with Islamic hymns and prayers.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur expressed the hope that all in Muslim communities, irrespective of party affiliation and ethnic background, would unite and support the Government to promote development.
“I want to assure you that the Government is all out to bring unity among Muslims, and between Muslims and people of other faiths,” Vice President Amissah- Arthur said.
He urged the congregation and the entirety of Ghanaians to check their names when the Electoral Commission exhibits the biometric voter register next month to enable them to vote in the December elections.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur commended the faithful worshippers for the discipline exhibited during the fast, saying, it had added to their spiritual development, which gives meaning to peace.
“You made sacrifices in the belief that through this exercise of personal discipline, Allah will pour his bountiful blessings on you, your communities and the country at large,” the Vice President said.
He urged them to rededicate themselves to the study of the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad and be guided by the spiritual values and moral precepts he passionately advocated.
He also paid tribute to the late President John Evan Atta Mills for standing for peace, and called on the nation to continue with “the beautiful unity” in which it stood to bid the late President farewell, for the development of the nation.”
The Muslims prayers, climaxes this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr, a period devoted for peace, forgiveness, fellow-feeling and self-diagnoses, following a successful month-long fast, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Eid-ul-Fitr is also a period where Muslims engage in charity, sharing of gifts, merry-making amongst others.