By Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, Jan. 26, GNA – Reverend Lawrence Kwesi
Tete, the Director, 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 focus 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
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 to equip them to promote peace
at their various congregation and as well design peace project to propagate
He charged the youth to be ambassadors of
peace at their various communities and impact positively 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 had enjoyed over the years’’, he added.
He encouraged the youth to take their
studies seriously and engaged 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
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, touching on Conflict Management among the
youth, said it was imperative to be united and tolerate one another for
peaceful co-existence, adding that there cannot be development without peace.
He charged the youth to be vigilant and not
engaged in hasty conclusions on issues but rather conduct thorough analysis
before taking a decision to avoid violence.
However, a research conducted by the Centre
for Democratic Development Ghana on electoral violence and political vigilantism
has suggested the training of the youth as peace ambassadors in hotspot
communities to prevent political violence.
The training according to the report would
empower them to be interested in peaceful outcomes in their communities instead
of using them as tools to perpetuate violence.
He called for continuous education on peace
and creation of sustainable jobs for the youth since most of the political
violence and vigilantism were committed by idle youth.