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Imam Umoru Sanda, a retired Islamic cleric in the Ghana Armed Forces Directorate of Religious Affairs (DRU), yesterday hosted hundreds of Muslims from all facets of life at his Nmai Djor residence in Accra for a thanksgiving service on his appointment as Ghana’s envoy to Egypt.

Prominent among the guests was the National Chief Imam Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, who presided over the strictly religious affair, as he was supported by a host of other Islamic clergymen.

Converging on the envoy’s residence were retired military Generals and serving ones and others below them who had obviously turned up to solidarise with their former colleague as he prepares to take off for Cairo to assume his new role after shedding off the olive green attire upon retirement.

Rear Admiral Muniru Tahiru (Rtd), Maj. Gen Abdulai Kardo (Rtd), AVM I.F. Kadiri, Brig Fuseini Iddrisu, Air Cdr. Abass (Rtd) were some of the personalities who turned up at the religious service, which included a recitation of the Holy Quran by the many clerics who graced the occasion.

On the political front were Paul Afoko, National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Mustapha Ahmed, Minister of State at the Presidency and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso North Constituency. There was also a large turnout of members of the Wala ethnic community to which the envoy belongs and a representation of the Council of Muslim Chiefs such as Alhaji Abdul Kadir Tahir and Chief Baba Seidu from Madina, among others.

Major Umoru Sanda (rtd) is a well known Islamic cleric both within the military and beyond it and so his appointment by President John Mahama as the country’s envoy to the North African country is regarded by many as deserving and one which has the potential of deepening the bond of friendship between the two countries.

Egypt is a country the new envoy is conversant with, having studied there earlier in his student days.

He is due to depart for his station in the next few days.

By A.R. Gomda

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