Human rights defenders want youths given religious guidance so as to deter them from societal evils.
They have called for religious tolerance and special focus on youths since they are most vulnerable to crime, drugs and extremism.
During the recent commemoration of International Day of Religious freedom right groups stressed out on special focus on youths.
Focus on youths
Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid urged religious leaders to pay special attention to the youths.
He said youths were the most affected group and were linked to all evils in the society.
According to Khalid, youths should not be left out on the religious, community social and education circle.
“If we preach at the pulpit while the youths do not attend church summons or mosques then we are achieving totally nothing let’s engage them,” noted Mr. Khalid.
He said religious matters are not only important to the community but they extend to political leaders.
[Rights groups during commemoration of International Day of Religious Freedom. Photo/ Ahmed Omar].
The vocal rights defender said God’s guidance helps leaders to serve the community without discrimination.
“A leadership that respects God, serves people with a humanity touch, does not discriminate people on tribal, political or religious lines,” he noted.
He also urged the government and specifically political leaders to engage religious leaders in deliberating on national unity and development.
He said the activists will make International Day of Religious freedom an annual event to push for unity and coexistence in the country.