21st May 2024

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for lifting the partial lockdown of Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Kasoa.

Speaking through his spokesperson, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shuaib, he said he knew it was very difficult for the President to take that decision, saying he showed bold leadership and came out with the directive.

The Chief Imam said this on Wednesday, April 22 2020, when President Akufo-Addo held a meeting with leaders of the Muslim community to brief them on the rationale behind the lifting of the partial lockdown.

While commending “the able leadership that you have exhibited, obvious for everyone to see, since this very disturbing phenomenon raised its head in our country”, the Chief Imam noted, “we have had no alternative but to accept and adhere to the directives you gave us, especially those that have to do with the restrictions on meetings.”

“As you have already observed yourself, we are happy that Muslims all over the country also adhered to the directions that were given. Apart from the initial difficulties we had with a few of the Imams, who probably did not understand the import of the whole directives and encouragements, we can say with all confidence that all the Imams are adhering to the directives, and no mosque is administering the Jumah prayer,” he added.

 

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