He charged the youth to rather concentrate on tackling the major concerns of the Zongo communities, including the lack of jobs, issues of education, and business development, thereby forming ‘Job-lantes, Edu-lantes and Busi-lantes’ instead of vigilante groups in order to promote their welfare and the development of the nation.
Speaking at the 51st anniversary celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by Sheikh Abdul Wadud in Kumasi on Sunday, March 10, 2019, Dr. Bawumia expressed great worry that many of the people said to be engaged in political vigilantism and other anti-social behaviours are said to be drawn from the Zongo community.
“Allah has blessed the Zongo youth with multiple positive attributes and talents such as strength, courage, knowledge, sports skill, entrepreneurship, vocational skill, and I want to urge the youth of this country, particularly my dear brothers in the Zongo Communities to put their God-given talents to good use for their own benefits and for the benefit of their respective families, communities as well as the nation.
“The youth of our country, particularly my brothers from the Zongo Communities, should not, under any circumstance, avail themselves to be used for any illegal activity, which also pose great risks to their valuable and cherished lives.
“I want to urge the youth who are involved in the operations of the various political parties to exhibit great sense of tolerance, whether it is intra-party, or inter-party contest. For the Zongo and Muslim youth, it is even more important, and an obligation to be tolerant and peaceful in accordance with the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad,” Alhaji Dr Bawumia stated.
He further said it is instructive that the politicians who encourage political vigilantism and recruit such persons do not involve their children in such activities.
The Vice President sounded a note of caution to persons engaged in such activities, stressing that President Akufo-Addo has publicly indicated his resolve to crack down on political vigilantism, and will deal ruthlessly with anyone engaged in such activities.
“Also, the government is set to undertake massive infrastructure development in the roads and other construction sectors this year, and this will create employment opportunities for many of our skilled and unskilled youth across the country, ” he added.