Our hearts are with all victims, their families and the people of New Zealand following the cowardly terrorist attacks against Muslims at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

There must be no place in the world today for terrorists, hiding under the cloak of ideology or creed, to visit violence on innocent citizens on the basis of their faith. We pray for healing and strength for the wounded. May their spirits never be broken by these lowly acts of cowardice.

But while we pray for New Zealand, we must take proactive steps to curb any adverse effects on our democracy by our own homegrown brand of partisan militant vigilantes.

John Dramani Mahama
Former President of Ghana