FMC, NCS Console Prof. Awoonor’s Family

Hajj Muhammad Amir The Federation of Muslim Councils (FMC) has expressed its condolence to the family of the late Professor Kofi Awoonor whose sad death occurred in Nairobi, Kenya, when terrorists attacked the Westgate Shopping Mall-on Saturday.

A statement issued by the Council and signed by its General Secretary, Hajj Muhammed Kpakpo Addo noted the family, government and people of Ghana had lost an illustrious son and comrade.

‘The FMC strongly condemns the outrageous and senselessly destruction of property and innocent lives by extremist murderous groups who call themselves Muslims.

The statement said, ‘the Islamic faith promotes justice, peace and freedom and the Quran repeatedly urges restraint, warns believers not to transgress or become oppressors in prosecuting any cause’ (Quran 44:34-35).

It stated that the ‘Councils joined the democratic and peace loving people of the world in speaking out against the continuing violations of human rights and other abuses by armed terrorist groups in Africa and beyond, and the worsening humanitarian situation on the ground’.

It added, ‘The Wastage barbaric attack must act as a call on African leaders and people of Africa to work together in finding lasting solutions to the numerous armed conflicts on the continent.’
The FMC said it would join other sobering voices around the world in prayer for a return to peace in Somalia and other conflict zones in the world.

In a similar message, the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS) said it learnt with shock and dismay the untimely death of Professor Awoonor, the immediate past Chairman of the Council of State.
It said the late Prof. Awoonor was an accomplished lecturer, poet, ambassador and statesman who served his nation well.

A statement signed by Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference stated.
It said, ‘I send to his wife and family our deepest condolences and pray that God, himself will console all of you and guide you through these challenging times of sorrow, while granting a speedy recovery to his son.’

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