You’ve made 2020 campaign issues-based – Chief Imam hails media
The spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, has applauded the media for its contribution towards a clean campaign ahead of the December elections.
According to him, the media made the 2020 campaign issues-centered and did not encourage the politics of insults.
He said the media had managed to push politicians to tone down on reckless language and insults as was the case in previous elections.
“I give credit to the media because they have succeeded in arresting the political discourse and making it issue-based. We shouldn’t allow competition to slip into violence. Let’s assume a balanced position and be careful the statements we make to these young people when we meet them. We need to get to the minds of the youth so they refuse to be used as tools for violence regardless of their affiliation to a party,” he said.
Sheikh Aremeyaw also appealed to Ghanaians to help protect the police from attacks.
He believes this is one of the surest ways to ensure the police efficiently protect the populace.
“If the confidence of the police is being weakened by the political elites, then who will protect us? My heart bleeds when I see police being beaten or attacked because these are the people who are supposed to protect us.”
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the Charismatic and Pentecostal Council, Emmanuel Barigah called on the youth not to allow themselves to be used as agents of violence during the elections.
“As a youth, if any politician contracts you to go and cause mayhem, ask them if their kids will come along. To both candidates of NPP and NDC, one has led this nation before, and the other is leading this nation, and I don’t think they want to drag this nation into violence. So they must call their people to order, especially when they go out there and make inflammatory comments”.
His caution comes after some members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) clashed last Sunday at Jamestown in the Greater Accra Region.
The bloody clash which happened at one of the region’s hotspots, Odododiodoo left at least fifteen persons wounded.