The Concerned Nima Youth Association (CNYA), an umbrella of youthful groups in Nima in the Ayawaso East Constituency, have asked politicians to desist from influencing their members to perpetrate any violence on the election day because they are committed to peaceful elections.
“Politicians out there should desist from coming to Nima on election day to incite our boys to cause any confusion or mayhem to distract the process because our boys are wise now and are serious with their lives and will not follow somebody to cause any confusion in the country, Ghana needs peace and we support it,” the president of CNYA, Mr Abdulai Mayoka Fiston, told the Daily Graphic last Saturday.
According to him, “Religious leaders, including the National Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, had advised the youth, particularly those in the Muslim communities to pursue peace. In view of that, as an association, we have advised our youth not to follow any politician and cause mayhem on Election Day.”
Mr Fiston wondered why politicians would not rather engage their family members to engage in such acts of violence, and urged the youth to shun any politician who would try to influence them on December 7.
Leave the voting area
In a special message, Sheikh Sharubutu advised the youth to leave the voting area after casting their ballots today.
“Never should you allow yourselves to be used as agents of violence. Let not any young person be the cause of any drop of blood on election day,” the spiritual leader stressed.
For his part, the incumbent Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso East Constituency, Mr Nasser Mahama Toure, reasoned with the youth as to why some would allow themselves to be used by politicians to derail the electoral process.
“I have, therefore, been engaging the leadership of these youthful groups to try and see how to address their problems,”he said.
Mr Toure expressed optimism at retaining the seat,.