Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has called on Christians and Muslims to live in tolerance and harmony to ensure national peace.
According to him, the Chief Imam’s visit to the Christ The King Church on Easter Sunday is evident of religious leaders’ resolve to unite and therefore urged followers to emulate.
He was speaking at a Breakfast Lecture for the Chief Imam under the theme: Advancement of Modern Ghanaian Society through Peace, tolerance and Development.
“At the time the world is experiencing religious intolerance, leading to the unfortunate claims of innocent people by extremists, Ghana is enjoying a great collaboration between the two main religions in our country. As we heard, two days ago, the national Imam paid a remarkable visit to the Catholic church in Accra and a day after this historic visit, a group of Christians also paid a visit to the Chief Imam at his home.
“These were beautiful scenes and moments of pride. This partnership is key to the freedom of worship we enjoy in Ghana as well as the peace. As Muslims and Christians let us not take the freedom we enjoy in Ghana for granted.”
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu on Sunday joined congregants of the Christ the King Church in Accra in worship.
The visit was ahead of the celebration of his 100th birthday on Tuesday [April 23, 2019).
The Chief Imam was received on arrival by the Parish Priest, Rev. Father Andrew Campbell.
Many social media users who spotted the Chief Imam at the Church said the move is a great effort towards religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence in the country.
Fears had been entertained over the tolerance of various religious groups in the country after some Muslim youth vandalized property belonging to the Odorkor branch of Glorious Word Power Ministries after the church’s leader, Rev. Owusu Bempah who prophesied the death of the Chief Imam.
The Chief Imam later called the youth to order and urged calm among them.
Owusu Bempah subsequently visited the Chief Imam to apologize for the public prophesy.
Officials of the police and other religious leaders also called on the Chief Imam to seek his assistance in urging calm among the Muslim youth and also commend him for his role in ensuring peace in the country.