National Chief Imam honoured

Dr Maleki being assisted by Rev Osabutey and Alhaji Baba Issah to present the award to Sheikh Sharubutu (right)

Dr Maleki being assisted by Rev Osabutey and Alhaji Baba Issah to present the award to Sheikh Sharubutu (right)

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh (Dr) Nuhu Osman Sharubutu, was on Saturday awarded the Imam Khomeini Legacy Award by the Iranian Embassy in Accra, for his role in fostering peace and security in Ghana, along other four personalities.

The other recipients were Right Reverend Bishop (Dr) Nathan Iddrisu Samwine, the Methodist Bishop of Tamale Diocese and lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology who was given the Interreligious Peace and Tolerance award and Sheikh Armiyaw Shuaib, an educationist, for his role in promoting education and intellectualism in the country.

The rest of the recipients were Dr Nasiba Tahir, a Senior Lecturer of Islamic University College of Ghana, for women empowerment, and Kwesi Pratt Jnr. the Managing Editor of the Insight, for his advocacy role in social and political justice.

Sheikh Sharubutu expressed appreciation for the award and praised the Iranian government for improving the lives of deprived communities in Ghana, through its social interventions in education, healthcare, agriculture and skills development.

Speaking on a symposium “The Heritage of Thought of Imam Khomeini: A life well lived”, Mr Pratt praised the leadership of the   Islamic Republic of Iran for the 1979 revolution that has led to the path of emancipation and development.

Mr Pratt stressed the need to build a society in which everyone will have the right to take their destiny into their own hands.

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Ghana, Dr Nosratollah Maleki reiterated the commitment of the government and people of Islamic Republic of Iran to peaceful co-existence and cultural diversity.

Present at the ceremony were Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chair of the African Union Commission and the Presidential Candidate of the Convention People’s Party in the 2016 general elections, Ivor Kobina Greenstreet and Right Reverend Samuel Kofi Osabutey, of the Accra Methodist Diocese.

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman


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