• The spokesperson for the chief imam explained why he made a donation to support Christians
• According to him, the move was symbolic
• He said this was part of efforts to encourage peace and solidarity
The spokesperson for the national chief imam, Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu, provided clarification on the reasons why the Islamic leader made donations to support the Christian community.
According to him, the actions of Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu are part of the efforts to promote unity between religions in the country.
His donation in the amount of 50,000 GHC and a visit by the Chief Imam to the Catholic Church of Christ the King at Easter in 2019, he added, were a symbolic step in the same direction.
Speaking to Citi FM, he said:
“The Chief Imam would like to stress that religious diversity is respected in Islam. But it doesn’t stop with diversity. It goes further to establish a basis for dialogue and for genuine engagement beyond religious divisions, ”he explained.
While visiting the church in 2019, he said:
“The same day the Grand Imam entered the church was the day Christians were bombed in Sri Lanka. “
“Because our people are not used to it here, that’s why I described them as revolutionary,” added Sheikh Shaibu.
Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu’s comments follow some criticism leveled by some sections of the public on the National Chief Imam in August this year.
Sheikh Shaributu made the donation when the Chairman of the Board, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah and the president of the Ghana Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle paid him a courtesy visit to his Fadama residence in Accra.
Following this, some members of the Muslim community criticized his actions.
Sheikh Shaibu however believes through donations: “The Chief Imam has brought honor and dignity beyond what you can imagine to Muslims in this country. The chief imam [achieved this] by his way of doing things, especially how he welcomes Christians.