Bawumia preaches peace ahead of 2024 general election
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Accra: Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana, has enjoined Ghanaians to uphold acts that promote diversity and preserve unity as the campaign season for the December elections approaches.

He said it was important for Ghanaians to see themselves as one people with a common destiny, hence the need to go about the electoral process peacefully, adding that “we cause confusion and mayhem in vain because God’s will will always prevail.”

“No single life should be lost, no property should be destroyed, and no relationship should be ruined because of differences in our political views.

“Allah has told us that sovereignty and power belong to Allah, and he gives sovereignty and power to whomever he wills,” he said.

The Vice President, who is also the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was speaking at the 13th Annual Night of Power programme organised by the Muslim Caucus of Parliament.

The theme for the event was “Peace, Unity, and Tolerance: The Roadmap to a Prosperous Ghana.”

Dr. Bawumia called on dominant religious groups to remember the nation and loved ones in prayer and seek God’s favour in preserving the peace of the country ahead of the general elections.

“In the true spirit of Ramadan and its lessons, let us continue to be each other’s keeper and support those in need regardless of their ethnic, religious, and political affiliation. We are humans first, and that is most important,” he said.

He also urged the Zakat and Sadaqa Trust Fund, a Muslim revenue mobilisation organisation, to strive for efficiency in revenue mobilisation through digitization.

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In a speech read on his behalf, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, called on Ghanaians to be tolerant of each other, as tolerance is a virtue that serves as the bridge that connects peace and unity.

He advocated the fostering of an environment where dialogue trumps division, empathy overcomes enmity, and differences are celebrated as a source of strength.

“As we chart the roadmap to a prosperous Ghana, let us remember that our prosperity is measured not just in economic terms but in the quality of our relationships, the stability of our institutions, and the health of our communities,” he said.

Farouk Aliu Mahama, Member of Parliament for Yendi and the Chairman of the Muslim Caucus of Parliament, said no nation could thrive without peace.

He, however, emphasised that peace is a by-product of justice, which demands equity, honesty, respect for humanity, and order.

He said it was important for sanity to prevail during the campaign in the runup to the general elections, devoid of insults and false accusations against one another.

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