The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) and other stakeholders involved in this year’s general election to work towards violent-free and transparent elections.
Moreover, he said political stakeholders should avoid tendencies that could jeopardise the political peace, harmony and stability the country had enjoyed over the years and continued to enjoy.
This year is an election year associated with so many challenges, including the COVID-19 crisis. As a faith community committed to lasting peace and harmony, we are calling on all stakeholders, particularly the Electoral Commission, to ensure a violent-free, free and fair, and transparent elections,” he said yesterday in an address read on his behalf by his spokesperson, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, at the virtual broadcast of this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr.
The event was held in the studios of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in Accra amid measures taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
It was attended by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and his wife Samira; the Minister of Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, and a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu, among other personalities. Sheikh Sharubutu gave thanks and praise to Allah for His mercies, blessings, grace and favour done to the Muslim faithful with the one-month period of undertaking the spiritual exercise of fasting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Chief Imam said the virtual Eid celebration was held because everybody was not living in normal times, adding that the restrictions on the COVID-19 had disallowed the faithful to congregate in open spaces, as was the case in the past, to say their prayers.
To fill that gap, he indicated that the virtual event had to be held in order to reach Muslims everywhere to enable them to listen to the Chief Imam’s sermon, a key aspect of the celebration of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
Alluding to the importance of fasting during Ramadan, the islamic cleric said: “We have been told that you must fast in the month of Ramadan so that you must attain God’s consciousness of piety.
He commended Muslims across the country for showing that level of responsibility in adhering to the restrictions and also thanked all those who supported him to raise GH¢130,000 to support the National COVID-19 Trust Fund.
Sheikh Sharubutu noted that the President’s periodic broadcast on the COVID-19 situation in the country had been full of hope, and encouraged him to forge ahead with any measures necessary to curb further spread of the virus.