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05 June 2016

Muslims must refrain from acts of violence — National Chief Imam

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Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of National Peace Council, exchanging pleasantries with the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu. Picture: NII MARTEY M. BOTCHWAY

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, has advised Muslim communities to distance themselves from any acts of violence that could derail the smooth running of the 2016 general election.

In view of that, he has expressed his readiness to lead the campaign against any violence that might be perpetrated in Zongo communities during the build-up to this year’s election.

 

Citing some countries in Africa election violence had retarded their growth, the Chief Imam indicated that it was time for every Ghanaian to promote peace.

The Chief Imam made the call at the launch of the “Muslim and Zongo communities unite for peaceful election” 2016 campaign (M-CUPE) in Accra last Wednesday.

Zongo communities are usually perceived as hot spots and violence-prone areas during the

build-up to elections in the country.

Endorsing the ideals of the organisation, Sheikh Dr Sharubutu stressed that his outfit was doing everything possible to dispel that perception.

Endorsement

He has, therefore, pledged to collaborate with the M-CUPE and any other group or organisation that would want to introduce intervention programmes in Zongo communities to educate the people ahead of this year’s election.

Sheikh Dr Sharubutu commended the group for the initiative, and called on all Muslim clerics to join the fight against violence in Zongo and Islamic communities.

M-CUPE 

The M-CUPE is an initiative launched  in Accra by the Light Foundation Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

The broad aim of the organisation is to ensure violence-free campaigns, voting and declaration of election results.

As part of its aims, it would be working hand-in-hand with the office of the National Chief Imam and other key stakeholders, including the National Peace Council, towards the promotion of peace before, during and after this year’s general election.

In an interview, the Founder and President of the NGO, Sheikh Ali Abubakar Napari, said the group would be committed to the promotion of peace in all Muslim communities in the country.

“We will be working with the various Imams in the country so that they preach peace at the mosques as the Ramadan approaches,” he said.

Ambassadors of peace 

In an address, the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, called on the youth to be ambassadors of peace at all fronts.

He cautioned them to not allow themselves to be used by politicians to perpetrate acts of violence.

“As youth, you must not allow yourselves to be used by politicians for their parochial interests because the nation belongs to you,” he emphasised.

The programme was witnessed by the immediate past Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, and the Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso.

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