Agyekum: Ghana’s non secular tolerance below risk

  • “What’s worrying, nevertheless, is that within the interim, some hotheads appear utilizing it as pretext to ramp up disaffection as they busily attempt to intensify the distinction between the 2 our bodies. Such folks ought to be stopped and the authorities should rein them in as shortly as attainable so their tirade don’t escalate.”

Frank Agyekum, a former minister of knowledge below the Kufuor-led administration has stated that the non secular tolerance and peaceable coexistence between Muslims and Christians within the nation look like below risk.

It follows the raging controversy after the Wesley Ladies Senior Excessive Faculty banned a Muslim pupil from fasting within the ongoing Ramadan.

The varsity has since turned down a request from the Ghana Training Service (GES) to permit the coed in inquiries to quick. The event has been met with combined emotions with some Muslim college students calling for the removing of the headmistress of the college.

In response to Agyekum, a nationwide debate on non secular tolerance in colleges is required.

“What’s worrying, nevertheless, is that within the interim, some hotheads appear utilizing it as pretext to ramp up disaffection as they busily attempt to intensify the distinction between the 2 our bodies. Such folks ought to be stopped and the authorities should rein them in as shortly as attainable so their tirade don’t escalate,” he posted on Fb.

Agyekum added: “Most non secular strife, have began this manner and if left unchecked may quickly degenerate into unstoppable turmoil with dire penalties for our pricey nation. Extra importantly, maybe, it’s now time we had a nationwide debate as a nation on non secular tolerance in colleges and clear directives given to all colleges as to methods to deal with such circumstances, as in Achimota and Wesley Ladies, after they come up.”

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Under is the total publish:

Time for cool heads.

Recently, the non secular tolerance and peaceable coexistence we’ve been experiencing as a rustic, and which has been the envy of many a nation, appear to return below extreme pressure.

Apparently, the schisms have occurred in a few of the most prestigious second-cycle colleges in our nation.

First, it was the ruckus over the refusal of Achimota faculty to confess two good Rastafarian college students as a result of it fell foul of the college’s rules. That matter remains to be in court docket.

Then, authorities of Wesley Ladies Excessive Faculty, arguably, the most effective ladies faculty in Ghana, stopped a Muslim pupil from observing her Muslim obligations of fasting throughout this Ramadan interval.

Amongst explanation why fasting is prohibited within the faculty is as a result of it may injure the well being of scholars and in addition have an effect on their tutorial output. This problem has resulted in opposing and seemingly entrenched positions from the Muslim and Chritian communities which hither to had been accommodating of every and co-existed amicably.

As an example on his one hundredth birthday two years in the past, the Chief Imam visited a Catholic church in Accra, and among the many specifically invited company to his birthday celebration had been quite a few Christian clergy.

Certainly, it’s a widespread and heart-warming prevalence to see the Chief Imam and Christian clergy deliberating on nationwide points in a peaceable and convivial method. The 2 our bodies have illustration on the Nationwide Peace Council, which many imagine has been the glue holding the 2 religions collectively.

All this appear to be put to harsh trial now as each events attempt to discover a manner out of the current conundrum.

What’s worrying, nevertheless, is that within the interim, some hotheads appear utilizing it as pretext to ramp up disaffection as they busily attempt to intensify the distinction between the 2 our bodies. Such folks ought to be stopped and the authorities should rein them in as shortly as attainable so their tirade don’t escalate.

Most non secular strife, have began this manner and if left unchecked may quickly degenerate into unstoppable turmoil with dire penalties for our pricey nation. Extra importantly, maybe, it’s now time we had a nationwide debate as a nation on non secular tolerance in colleges and clear directives given to all colleges as to methods to deal with such circumstances, as in Achimota and Wesley Ladies, after they come up.

 

Fred Dzakpata

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