The National Vice president of the Council of Zongo Chiefs, Sariki Alhaji Abubakar Omar have pleaded with Muslims and people living in Zongos to consider paying their ward’s school fees as a matter of priority over buying of huge smocks for every celebration that comes their way.
The plea was made in a sideline interview during Akyem Abuakwa Council of Zongo Chiefs’ Annual Council meeting held at Kyebi in the Eastern region on Sunday, 14th August, 2022.
They discussed about the Muslim Council, welfare and challenges confronting Muslims and people’s living in Zongos and finally suggested solutions to help address the phenomenon.
The president of the Eastern regional Council of Zongo Chiefs, Alhaji Omar indicated that the youth in a role-play portrayed how some parents would purchase huge smocks for every event but would not pay the smallest amount of money needed for the education of their children.
Meanwhile, Muslims Youth in Zongos are inspired to emulate Ghana’s Vice President Dr. Bawumia, the Minority Leader in Parliament and other prominent Muslim leaders to take their education seriously.
Commenting on the suspected Terrorist threat on Ghana, Alhaji Abubakar Omar used the opportunity to urge all Muslim groups in the country to take a led in the “if you see something say something” campaign to expose suspected Terrorist groups in Zongo communities to prevent terrorist attacks.
According to him, Zongo communities should no longer be a place where violent-minded people would come and hire people to perpetrate their agenda because Muslim is a peaceful religion.
The National Council of Zongo Chiefs Vice president asked the Muslim faithful to reflect on the day and give it a deeper meaning by upholding the tenets of Islam.
He stressed that the peaceful co-existence among all sects should not be taken for granted.
Alhaji Omar who doubles as the president, Akyem Abuakwa Council of Zongo Chiefs again cautioned politicians to desist from using the youth to foment conflict before, during and after elections.
To him, though it is imperative that the youth are not exploited, he blamed some of these young ones for allowing themselves to be used by these politicians.
“…..If they come to you to ask you to follow them to do something untoward, ask them, where are your children?”
“…they will use and dump you after getting the power…… when you go to them for employment afterwards, they will ask for your qualification but they did they ask for your qualification before hiring you to do their evil agenda? he asked.
To this end, Alhaji Omar called on the youth to eschew acts that will destabilize the peaceful atmosphere in the country especially during election period.