In order to prevent politicians from using religious intolerance to win votes in the 2024 elections, the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Kathleen Addy has encouraged the public to reject and punish them.
She cautioned against forsaking peace for political success and emphasized how disrespectful it is for lawmakers to make divisive remarks in order to win votes.
On Monday, November 13, Ms. Addy made her comments in a meeting with a team from the Parliamentary Caucus on Freedom of Religion, which included members from Malawi, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.
She emphasized the significance of preserving Ghana’s peaceful cohabitation of Christians and Muslims and against destructive identity politics.
“This toxic identity politics which has sent other nations into chaos is not something Ghana should entertain. We must not sacrifice our peace just because someone wants to attain political power.”
“We are a country of many problems, and we do not have to let religion become another issue. We need to fight it to maintain the peace we enjoy,” she said.
In order to inform the public and influential people about the negative effects of religious intolerance, Ms. Addy also suggested compiling documentation on how other nations handled religious issues.
The delegation’s international members discussed their personal experiences and underlined the importance of religious leaders in promoting harmony and tolerance.