Chief Imam dismisses Muslim-Christian tension claim

Chief Imam Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu SharabutuDr Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam has said that there is no tension between the Muslim community and Christians as was being suggested in some media circles.

He said the two religious groups are living in harmony and would continue to do so, whilst the recent issue, on the rights of Muslim students attending Christian-based schools, is solved through dialogue.

The National Chief Imam said this when Nesrin Bayazit, the Turkish Ambassador to Ghana paid a courtesy call on him at his residence in Accra.

Sheikh Sharubutu thanked the Turkish Ambassador for the visit and the continued support the Turkish government was giving to the Muslim community.

He appealed to the Turkish government to give his office a quota of its annual scholarship to students abroad, to be given to needy but brilliant students from the Ghanaian Muslim community.

Ambassador Bayazit said the Turkish government attached much importance to the development of the Muslim community in Ghana and would continue to provide assistance in such regard.

She mentioned the on-going construction of the National Mosque at Kanda in Accra, being finance by the Turkish government, as some of the packages to help develop the Muslim community.

Ambassador Bayazit commended the various religious leaders in Ghana for their tolerance and urged all to continue to sustain it.

She said her outfit would seriously consider the request by the National Chief Imam, regarding the scholarship given to students abroad and the quota to his office. GNA

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