Author: thestatesmanonline – The Statesman
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008


The spiritual leader and Imam of the Tijaniya Community in Ghana, Sheik Kutubu Imam Abdul Rashid has called on the presidential candidates and their supporters to avoid politics of insults and vindictiveness, but rather tell Ghanaians what they have done and what they can do if they come to power.

He said campaigning on issues and policies should be the blue print of all the political parties in this year’s election and not politics of lies and half truths.

He commended the New Patriotic Party’s presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for taking on the issues and policies in his campaign, and described the NPP flagbearer as a wise politician who have turned the pattern of lies and insults of the Ghanaian politicking to campaign of issues and policies.

Sheik Kutubu Imam Abdul Rashid called on Ghanaians to reject politicians who preach violence and meanness, saying “this is the only way they can stand up to the issues bothering the country’s economy”.

The spiritual leader who was speaking to newsmen in Tamale, said the country cannot afford to loss its enviable title of being the beacon of peace and stability on the Africa continent.

He stressed that politicians and political parties must be at the forefront in deepening and consolidating the country’s democracy and political discourse.

He said though the country’s spiritual leaders will continue to prayer, especially in this election year, politicians have a major role to play in ensuring that there is peace during and after the December elections.

Sheik Kutubu Imam Abdul Rashid bemoaned the tag on Muslims and the Zongo communities as violent people, attributing it to ignorance and the high rate of illiteracy among the Muslim and Zongo communities.

He hinted that politicians will continue to use the Muslim youth and the Zongo communities to perpetrate act of violence and mayhem, if the illiteracy rate does not change.

He said illiteracy and ignorance has brought untold hardships to the Muslim communities, who are lagging behind in all aspects of endeavours, adding that this has made it impossible for any meaningful development to take place in the Muslim and Zongo communities.

The Spiritual leader commended Muslim scholars and charged them to create more avenues for the development of the Muslim and Zongo Communities.