Posted: Tuesday 24th June 2014 at 12:52 pm

Muslim Students Petition Otumfuo

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene



Otumfuo Osei Tutu II , Asantehene 
Members of the Ghana Muslims Students Association (GMSA) of the Kumasi campus of the University of Education-Winneba, have petitioned the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to intervene in a land dispute between the association and the Apatrapa community.

The community is said to be interfering in the construction of a mosque on the campus.

Alhaji Bashiru Zakari, spokesperson of the student
group said that upon request, the school management allocated a

piece of land to the students for the construction of a mosque on campus.

The said parcel of land, he said, happened to be on the borders of the

school and the Apatrapa community.
He noted that when  construction  of the  mosque  began, members of the community  called on  management of the school to relocate  the project  because  they feared activities  of Muslims  could be  a nuisance  to the nearby community.

He said even though the GMSA and the management of the

school had proposed signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding the construction of the mosque,  the school authority could not soak pressure from the community.

According to Alhaji Zakari, opposition to the mosque project is hinged on claims that Muslim population in the community would rise upon completion of the project.

The spokesperson indicated that the school management

appeared to have been influenced by the chief of Apatrapa and some other influential persons in the  community.

But  the students’  group said  the conduct of the chief, who is  spearheading the opposition is unfair,  adding  that the move was  against  their right  and  freedom of

religion.
Alhaji  Zakari  described the position  of the Apatrapa

community towards the construction of  the mosque  as  anti-Islamic

and discriminatory  because other religious bodies have also  been  allocated  land  for construction close  to

the  proposed  mosque.
He said  the stance of the chief, the  community and pathetic  attitude of the  school management who owns the allocated  land in question is unwarranted and  has called on  Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to intervene  for the amicable  resolution of the impasse in the name of  peace.

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