Chambas Charges On Vigilantism

From left: Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, John Mahama, Dr. Bawumia, Chief Imam and Archbishop Palmer-Buckle cutting the birthday cake

Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, yesterday charged on the canker of vigilantism, asking the two main political parties – New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) – to disband their groups forthwith.

He said: “Vigilantism remains a
major threat to Ghana’s democracy”.

He disclosed this in his keynote
address at a lecture to commemorate the centenary of the National Chief Imam
Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, which was held yesterday in Accra as part of a
series of activities.

The political parties, he said,
must practicalise the ideals of Chief Imam in order to sustain peace in the country.

Mr. Chambas described the cleric as
a champion of religious tolerance, born leader and unifier, whose actions have
prevented a full-blown conflict in the country.

He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to
support the ‘birthday boy’ to continue with his good works to keep the peace in
the country.

An overwhelmed Sheikh Osman Nuhu
Sharabutu thanked Allah for his grace and mercies and expressed profound
gratitude to the government and people of Ghana for the love and affection
showed him.

It was all grace and splendor, as
the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharabutu, turned 100 years
yesterday.

The expression of love at the
public lecture spoke volumes of a man, who is indeed revered and cherished by
his nation and countrymen.

The event was held two days after
the Chief Imam worshipped with Christians at the famous Christ The King
Catholic Church in Accra as part of events commemorating his centenary.

Speaking at the event, which was chaired by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Revered Charles Palmer Buckle, Vice-President Dr Bawumia, who eulogized the Muslim leader for his fortitude, said: “You find centenarians in bad health, losing their senses, bedridden or completely incapacitated. In most situations, centenarians are only blessed with long life but not good health at their advanced stage of life.”

“With Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharabutu,
Allah has bestowed a special rare blessing on him even at the age of 100 and
sometimes I’m just very surprised that he’s got very good health, very good
memory, good eyesight and his very good hearing,” he added.

“In fact, Mallam is very fit at
hundred and walks by himself; this is indeed a special blessing from the
almighty Allah”, he said to chants of ‘Allahu Akbar’ from the ecstatic audience.

He, therefore, asked all Ghanaians
to thank God for the great gift he has preserved for Ghana as a country, saying
“Mallam, as our father is affectionately called, is without doubt a blessing to
this country from God; as a man, his remarkable character and way of life epitomizes
the Prophet Mohammed.”

He added that “his patience,
humility, compassion and generosity reflect the noble traditions of the Prophet
Mohammed … and as a religious leader, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharabutu has been at
the forefront of championing inclusiveness among the various Islamic sects.”

Apart from that, he narrated: “He
has also promoted interfaith dialogue between Moslems and Christians, which has
ensured a peaceful co-existence between the two leading religions in Ghana.”

“At a time the world is
experiencing religious intolerance leading to the killing of innocent people by
extremists from both sides of the divide, who cannot tolerate the religious
views of others; Ghana is enjoying a great collaboration between the two
leading religions in our country.”

That, he said, was evident in his
most recent historic visit to the Christ The King Catholic Church in Accra to
worship with them on Sunday as part of activities marking his 100th
birthday.

A group of Christians also paid a visit to the Chief Imam the next day to wish him well.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu, Presidential Correspondent



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