The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharabutu on Wednesday urged Ghanaians, especially Muslims to pursue the cause of peace and ensure fellow-feeling to all manner of people.
He said Muslims should also be steadfast in their prayers and promote peace in whatever conditions they found themselves.
The Chief Imam whose speech was read by Alhaji Ahmed Nii Nortey, Public Relation Officer of the Office of the National Chief Imam, was speaking at a public forum on “The Election Courts: Practicalities of Instituting an Election Case” in Accra.
The forum organized by the Office of the National Chief Imam Centre for Islamic Affairs in collaboration with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) was intended to educate supporters of political parties and the public on the need to endure peace and tolerance in their communities.
Sheikh Sharabutu also charged Ghanaians to enhance peaceful co-existence and join forces with all worshipers of the Almighty God to protect and defend the relative peace the country is enjoying.
“It is refreshing to note that we have all assembled here in fond memories of the peace and harmony that characterised the just ended elections. But let us remind ourselves that the journey to secure sustainable peace is far from over. I may not be far from right to state at this juncture that the next and far more challenging phase starts rights from here,” he added.
Sheikh Sharabutu urged Ghanaians to get involved in the democratic system of governance they have chosen to follow.
He said the people could follow the system if they were better educated on the principles and ideals of democracy, rule of law, the operation of the court system and the rights and freedoms as well as the responsibilities that go with the enjoyment of these rights.
Mr Samuel Akuamuah, Director of Programmes, NCCE, said under the 1992 constitution the Electoral Commission (EC) had been given the mandate to conduct election and declare the results.
He said the same constitution also made provisions for an aggrieve party in an election to go to the court to seek redress rather than people resorting to violence to address their grievances.