AFRICAN ELECTION PROJECT / GHANA

Last Updated:02 Mar 2009

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As Ghanaian voters look forward to the Presidential and Parliamentary elections this Sunday, December 7, a national day for prayer and fasting has been observed in Tamale for peaceful elections.

Muslim Clergy drawn from Muslim communities nationwide observed the day at the Tamale Central Mosque.

The national Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu called on particularly the Muslim youth to act responsibly on the day of the elections by not engaging in any form of violence at the polling stations.

He appealed to the Muslim Ulamah to debunk the notion that Muslims are violent people by decoupling themselves from any act that might mar the Sunday polls.

Sheikh Sharubutu also urged all stakeholders involved in the upcoming elections to play their responsive roles to make the elections a violence-free national event.

Sheikh Saed Abubakari of the Ambariya mosque and Imam Rashid Hussein of the Rashidiyya mosque in Tamale called on Muslims across Ghana to put aside their differences.

Both Imams regretted that certain doctrinal differences had broken their ranks in the past decades which they both noted had worsened the underdeveloped nature of Muslim communities in the Tamale Metropolis.

In an interview, Sheikh Issah Moro, a renowned Muslim scholar who preaches on radio demanded that successive governments should take up the full responsibility of Hajj and its related activities to curtail the calamity that has engulfed Ghanaian pilgrimage in recent times.

This, he said could be half way solved when the Tamale Airport is upgraded into an International Airport to save Pilgrims from the three northern regions the trouble of travelling to Accra to embark on the holy journey.

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