The spokesperson of the National Chief Imam has advised leadership of the Muslim community to get close to it’s youth.
Sheikh Arimiyaw Shaibu said he has observed that there is no connection between the leadership of the Muslim community and it’s youth.
[contextly_sidebar id=”D4YFcNSiI36nZbclETq0ZRGwSwq2svih”]“The Muslim community needs to come closer to its youth. I must say that from my experiences there is no contact between the leadership of the Muslim community and the Muslim youth,” he said.
Sheikh Arimiyaw has also admonished parents to advice their children on who they take as their mentors.
There have been reports that some Ghanaian youth had joined the militant group in the Middle East, ISIS.
The National Security Co-ordinator, Mr Yaw Donkor confirmed that two Ghanaians including a graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah Science and Technology have joined the dreaded terrorist group.
Speaking Eyewitness News Sheik Arimiyaw said the office of the Chief Imam received the news of 25-year-old Nazir Nortey Alema joining terror group ISIS.
“We received the information with shock and trepidation because of the implications it has. It indicates that our youth are in danger of imbibing certain views that can truncate what they are going through in order to build for themselves responsible lives as Muslims and as Ghanaians.”
He added that no matter how intelligent that young people are they need to be guided to be able to live responsible lives.
He however disputed the assertion that Muslim youth may be influenced to join radical groups because of poverty.
“I don’t think the people in Zongos are poor. Many of them are working, except those idling. For those who are looking for sponsorship to go to school, we are setting up the National Zakat and Sadaka Fund.”
Sheikh Arimiyaw Shaibu says Muslim leadership is on the lookout for anyone whose doctrines might suggest radicalism.
By: Jeffrey Owuraku Sarpong/citifmonline.com/Ghana