The Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sherabutu, has assured President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of his full support and prayers as he takes over the reins of government.
Sheikh Sherabutu, who paid a courtesy call on Mr Akufo-Addo at his Nima residence on Monday 12 December, admonished the president-elect to add his voice to mitigate the post-election violence.
Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, spokesperson for the Chief Imam, congratulated Nana Akufo-Addo for his victory.
“For the past years we have been observing with admiration your exceptional courage and never-give-up-spirit in the face of an extraordinarily fierce contest. We, therefore, join you and your vice president-elect, your families, and entire NPP fraternity, at this moment of your joyful celebration as president and vice president-elect. Your victory signifies to us another milestone in our national journey towards an enduring democracy. Whilst rejoicing with you and your party we equally want to assure you of our continued support and prayers throughout your entire tenure as the president of our dear land. It is important to put on record that your call for calm to your supporters prior to the declaration of the electoral results and the conciliatory tone of your victory speech has given ample testimony to your commitment for democracy and rule of law and, therefore, worthy of our commendation,” Sheik Shaibu said.
“Let me add that a concern has been expressed by the current president about [what is] taking place across the country. And we also want to add our voice that such things, if they are going on, then probably your voice can also help to [resolve the problem] so we can also have a peaceful transition period,” he noted.
Nana Akufo-Addo on his part expressed gratitude to the Chief Imam and the entire Muslim fraternity for their prayers and support.
He noted that information available to him showed that jubilant supporters were calming down across the country and normalcy would be restored in the shortest time.
Mr Akufo Addo asked the Chief Imam to continue praying for him as he would need it more now that he was taking up the responsibility of president.
Mr Akufo-Addo said his wish was for Muslims and Christians to continue to live in peace and harmony.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, vice president-elect, also thanked the Chief Imam and entreated him to continue praying for the president-elect to sustain the peace in the country. “We continue to entreat him to pray for Nana Akufo-Addo and the peace of this country,” he stated.
The Chief Imam was accompanied by Muslim leaders across the country.
Source, OTENEWS, 102.9MKT