Sunday , October 1 2023

Mahama cautions against complacency in terrorism fight

President John Dramani Mahama is cautioning against complacency in the fight against possible terrorist attacks on Ghana.

He says the surge in global terrorism attacks should be enough warning for Ghana to be on alert.

Speaking at a ceremony to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed at Aboabo in Kumasi Sunday, he observed while guarding against religious extremism and fundamentalism especially among the youth, it is important to also ensure seed of rebellions are not sowed in the youth.

“Last year, I spoke about the need to live peaceful with our neighbours and unyielding to the pull of religious extremism and fundamentalism. The call this year is even more important, following the surge in global terrorist activities. It is important we in Ghana guard against complacency so no one sow a seed of rebellions among our youths through its teachings and indoctrinations”.

According to President Mahama, though the Islamic sect is that of peace, he was worried at some Muslims are exploited to carry out extremist agendas.

“Islam is and remains a religion of peace, unfortunately, however some misguided elements have precipitated its beautiful image to promote their wicked terrorist agenda”. He said.

Terrorism activities have increased globally this year with Ghana two of Ghana’s neighbours, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso been hit by such attacks.

President Mahama says Ghanaians should resist being influence into any act of violence against each other while promising the readiness of the security agencies to ward off terrorist attacks.

“These fundamentalists do not discriminate in their choice of victims, they kill children, women and young and old, they attack people with all religious persuasions, be it Muslims or non-muslims and people of other faith.

I wish to assure you that our security agencies are firm and are doing all possible to keep us safe. We must all support them to be able to realize this objective.”

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