‘Don’t engage in religious debate’

Nana Akuffo Addo (3)Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has admonished Ghanaian politicians not to meddle in the on-going debate on religious rights in schools and work-places.

He said Christians and Muslims have, over the years, co-existed in harmony, and urged their leaders to use dialogue in handling any “misunderstanding” regarding religious rights in the country’s educational institutions.

The NPP flagbearer made the call on Tuesday, when he paid a courtesy call on the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul Mumin Haruna, at his residence in Suame, Kumasi.

Nana Akufo-Addo said Ghana has been the envy of some countries in the West African sub region, because the citizens have peacefully co-existed despite their varied religious backgrounds.

This according to Nana Akufo-Addo, has prevented religious conflict in Ghana, and reminded the people that the 1992 Constitution guarantees religious freedom.

He appealed to the Regional Chief Imam to help in taking away the current religious debate from politicians, as some are attempting to politiicise the issue.

Nana Akufo-Addo also asked the Imam to pray for God’s guidance, wisdom, courage and good health for him, as he gets ready for the campaign leading to the 2016 General Elections.

Sheikh Haruna thanked Nana Akufo-Addo for the visit and assured that he would take part in measures towards the resolution of the religious matter.

“Some want to foster disunity among our religions, but we will not allow that to happen. We will not allow politicians to take part in the debate because some of them want to use it for parochial and political interests, the Chief Imam said.

Sheikh Haruna said “Christians and Muslims in the country have co-existed peacefully for decades, which would not change,” Shiekh Haruna noted.   Starrfmonline.com

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