Terrorist attack in France condemnable act – President Mahama

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President Mahama has condemned the killing of 12 persons including

some journalists of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo in

Paris on Wednesday.

The killing has been described as a terrorist act carried out by

persons believed to have a link to an extremist Islamic organization.

French police have currently surrounded a building in a northern town

where two men suspected of the massacre are said to be holding a


The attackers, who shouted Islamist slogans, are believed to have been

angered by the satirical magazine’s irreverent depictions of the

Prophet Muhammad.

But speaking at the 83rd annual congress of the Ahmadiya Muslim

Mission at Pomadze in the Central region, President John Mahama said

the action is condemnable and does not resonate with the faith the

attackers claim they belong to.

“Terrorist action in Paris led to the condemnable loss of 12 lives. We

see brutal beheadings posted on the internet and nearer home we have

the activities of Boko Haram abducting and killing young school boys

and girls.

“All this is done in the name of religion, justified by theology. Are

we reading the same holy books or we are interpreting them

differently?” he questioned.

A Muslim scholar in Ghana, Sheik Ibrahim Ibn Saana has called for the

media to stop the attacks on the Islamic faith.

He tells Joy News although the acts of the attackers must be

condemned, the media must refrain from making a mockery of the


“I think respect for each others’ religion and humanity should cause

one to be circumspect in the exercise of their journalistic duties.”

Sheik Saana said he totally condemns the act by the terrorists because

Islam does not allow violence or the disrespect for human rights.

“Islam abhors injustice; Islam abhors violence so if someone decides

to perpetuate an act in the name of avenging what he calls a crime

that has been committed to Islam then the person is acting on his own


“Because Islam will not allow innocent civilians to be killed out of

nothing and I urge all well-meaning Muslim scholars in Ghana as well

as those around the world to condemn these acts that are perpetuated

on these innocent people”, he continued.

He advised journalists to be circumspect in the way they go about

their duties in order that they do not instigate violence.

“As much as I condemn these acts I also ask these journalists to be

circumspect in the way they use their pen and ink because you can use

it to promote peace but you can also use it to commit crime and in

this case what has happened is unfortunate to both Muslims and

non-Muslims alike but journalists have pushed the freedom of speech to

a different direction.”

I think Respect for each others’ religion and humanity should cause

one to be circumspect in the exercise of their journalistic duties,”

he added.

Credit: Myjoyonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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