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Embrace peace; Archbishop of Tamale advised youth

The Tamale Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Church, the Most Reverend Philip Naime has advised the youth in the northern region to embrace peace for their own future.

Archbishop Naime who was addressing over 100 active youth leaders at a two days workshop in Tamale entreated the youth not to allow themselves to be used by selfish individuals in the region.

The workshop was organized by the West Africa Center for Counter Extremism (WCCE’s) in collaboration with the U.S Embassy in Ghana.
The two days capacity building workshop formed part of WACCE’s efforts at addressing challenges of youth and violent extremism in Ghana.

The youth leaders and community representatives at the end of the two days are expected to serve as effective ambassadors of peace.
They are also expected to contribute meaningfully towards building a resilient youth front for sustainable peace.

In addition, the peace ambassadors will also serve as peer educators and as leading voices for the amplification of narratives that are supportive of peace.

The Most Reverend Naime reminded the youth that the peace the country is currently enjoying needs be to guided jealously by all.
The Executive Director of WACCES,  Mr.Mutaru Mumuni told the youth that even though Ghana is not at war, the dangerous and disturbing trends in security in Ghana must be given attention to before the nation is overtaken being by events.

The Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Iddrisu Musah Superior advised the youth to desist from any form of extremism.
Mr Superior told the youth that the only way any society can be developed is to be peaceful. He also pleaded with the youth in the region to take education of any form very serious for their own interest and the society as a whole.

He reminded Ghanaians authorities that the existence of danger posed by violence extremism and radicalization was a reality that Ghanaians should be quick to acknowledge and tackle.

Before 2015 when a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, WACCE efforts help prevent him from being moved to Syria.

The Cultural Affairs Officer of the United State Embassy in Ghana, Ms Elizabeth Tegou urged the youth in the region not to allow their faith or future to be decided for them by someone else.

Ms Elizabeth told the youth to resist any forms of violence even if it is difficult to resist pressure to engage in violence. “As you grow older, the choice you make becomes complex but stand firm against any form of violent behavior,” Ms Elizabeth advised.

She reiterated the United State commitment to seeking measures to prevent violence and violence extremism. The US, Ms Elizabeth added, was a committed partner to Ghana and the whole continent of Africa and will continue to support countries such a Ghana in ensuring peace.

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