Alhaji Suallah Abdallah Quandah
MUSLIM COMMUNITIES in Ghana are advocating a succession plan for nominating, selecting and installing successive national chief imams.
Currently, there is no laid down succession plan for choosing a national chief imam when it becomes vacant.
The latest to have added his voice to the call is the Brong-Ahafo Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council, Alhaji Suallah Abdallah Quandah.
Speaking at the Tijaniyya Muslim Council of Ghana Annual Quranic Recitation at Prang in the Pru District which was attended by Muslim clerics, Islamic scholars from all over the country as well some politicians, including the Convention People’s Party (CPP) National Chairman, Samia Nkrumah and the Vice Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, he indicated that ‘there is no doubt people are nursing the hopes of becoming future national chief imam.’
Exhorting the current National Chief Imam, Sheik Nuhu Sharubutu, the Regional National Peace Council boss said the National Chief Imam has contributed significantly in unifying all Muslims in Ghana under one leadership and has promoted peace and unity among all Muslims groups, while using his distinguished office to ensure peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in the country.
Alhaji Suallah Quandah, therefore, called for stakeholders’ consultation and leadership dialogue comprising regional chief imams, leaderships of all the Muslims sects such as Tijaniyya, Ahlussuna as well as Islamic scholars, Muslim professionals and clerics to draw up the succession plan.
He further urged government to play a facilitative role in the exercise saying, ‘If it is not done and the unexpected happens one day, it will cost the government several billions of cedis to provide security and maintain peace, law and order.’
Alhaji Suallah Quandah said the National Peace Council is mandated to prevent, manage, resolve and to build sustainable peace in the country.
‘Therefore if the National Peace Council has a reason to believe there is a likelihood of an issue resulting into violence, it is within its mandate to early warn for stakeholders to do something to prevent violence from occurring,’ he added.
He seized the opportunity to call on Muslims to live in peace with one another and also respect and tolerate the views of other religions to ensure peace and development in Ghana.
FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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