Chief Imam, British High C’ssioner hold talks

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh (Prof.) Osman Nuhu Sharubutu on Wednesday led the leadership of the Zango and the Muslim Communities in Ghana to engage with the British High Commissioner, Ian Walker at his residence in Accra.

The meeting was part of efforts at enhancing the healthy relationship between the High Commission and the Muslim Community, according to a statement issued by the Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam and Director of Youth and Interfaith Programmes, Office of National Chief Imam, Alhaji Khuzaimah Osman.

Also, the meeting served as a platform for the leadership of the Muslim Community to discuss the need for creating opportunities for the Zango and Muslim youth.

Thematic areas of the discussions included providing the youth with employable skills, educating them on their civic responsibilities, and preventing them from being used as apparatus of political, ethnic, and religious violence.

The Muslim leadership highlighted some of the fundamental human rights that were being violated by some of the major religious and faith groups in Ghana, with a particular mentioning of the rights of Muslims in general and the Muslim students and working professionals in particular.

The British High Commissioner shared his perspective with the delegation on religious freedom, interfaith harmony in Ghana, as well as bilateral relationship between the two countries.

He also stated the readiness of the British Government to help ensure peace and transparency in the forthcoming general elections in Ghana and in other countries within the West African sub-region.

The Muslim delegation included, Chief Abdul Kadir Tahir, the National President of the National Council of Zango Chiefs; Chief Sidiq Gimala III, the Paramount Chief of Wangara Community in Greater Accra; Regional Chiefs of Gonja Community in Accra, Chief Umar Yakubu; and Regional Imam of Dagomba Community in Greater Accra, Sheikh Imam Muhammed Awal,

Others were Dr Yunus Osman, Technical Advisor to the Vice President; the Reps of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamat and the Tijjaniya Muslims of Ghana including the National Executive Secretary of the Office of the National Chief Imam, Alhaji Awaisu Bio.

The National Chief Imam and the President of the National Council of Zango Chiefs presented a citation in honour of the British High Commissioner and an autobiography of His Eminence which was authored by Mr Tamimu.

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