Reverend Lawrence Kwesi Tete, the director of Ecumenical and Social Relations, Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has cautioned the youth to avoid politicians who would attempt to use them to cause mayhem ahead of the December elections.
He advised the youth to be focused and shun any acts of political vigilantism in the lead up to this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections to advance the country’s democratic credentials.
Rev Tete made the call at the weekend during a youth peace workshop in Accra on the need to promote peace ahead of the impending elections.
The forum brought together leadership of the Young People’s Guild and the coordinators of the various districts in the Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
He charged the youth to be ambassadors of peace in their various communities and impart the knowledge they acquired to others for national development.
“We need to live in peaceful co-existence with all, irrespective of religion or tribal background, to consolidate the unity and love the country has enjoyed over the years,” he added.
He further encouraged the youth to take their studies seriously and engage in productive activities that would contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
He called for the need to promote inter-party dialogue and disseminate the outcomes with membership of the political parties to understand and act on them.
Mr Emmanuel Kwame Tettey, Research Fellow, Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture, urged the Presbyterian Church to pay attention to both the spiritual and social needs of the members.
He expressed concern about increase in Religious radicalism, including terrorism, and false prophets, leading to a negative image about the Church.
“We have a group of young people who are angry and hungry because they are unemployed and very frustrated about relationship and as well exposed to global issues, making them to struggle with decision making,” he said.
Mr Dominic Kulariba, an international conflict management facilitator, said it is imperative to be united, and tolerating one another for peaceful co-existence, adding that there cannot be development without peace.
He charged the youth to be vigilant and not engage in hasty conclusions on issues, but rather conduct thorough analysis before taking a decision to avoid violence.
He called for continuous education on peace and creation of sustainable jobs for the youth since most of the political violence and vigilantism are committed by idle youth.