The Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, says the continued mistreatment of Muslim students in Senior High Schools across the country could have serious security implications for the country.

According to him, terrorists could potentially exploit the anger and frustrations of Ghanaian Muslims who have been at the receiving end of these mistreatments to wreak havoc in the country.

He said, “The anger – look I receive insults a lot. When these things happen even I as I’m speaking this way receive I insults [because] I’m not coming out to shout, talk, to attack, they don’t see me doing that. So the anger is something that terrorists can exploit. I have no doubt in that.”

Speaking on JoyNews’ AM Show, the Muslim Cleric said due to the risk the continued mistreatment may pose to the country, the Chief Imam has appealed to Christian Mission School heads to accord Muslim students the same dignity they accord him.

He mentioned that this is because the use of an adversarial approach will not achieve the desired effect and might strain the peaceful relationship Muslims and Christians in the country have fostered over the years.

“I do not support the adversarial approach, conflict shout and those things. I think that I’ll go with the Chief Imam’ approach that one, we appeal to the Christian Mission schools, the authority of all the Christian Mission schools.

“The Chief Imam is saying that those children in their schools are his grandchildren, and the way they accord him all the respect and the accolades, and the reverence they accord him, they should also look at that same thing and accord his grandchildren similar treatment of dignity,” he said.

The National Peace Council, he said, has also been directed to facilitate dialogue between the Muslim community and the Christian Mission Schools to find an amicable solution that will holistically address the current situation.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Aremeyaw says he has advised the National Security Minister to get involved in the ongoing dialogue due to the risk involved.

“Let us not provide a soft spot for terrorists to say that Muslims are mistreated in Ghana so therefore they can recruit. I tell the minister for national security that it’s a matter for national security and they must get involved,” he said.