The Chief Imam’s donation towards the National Cathedral project has sparked a strong conversation, especially among some members of the Muslim community. Some of those arguments are against the act by the leader of the Muslim community in Ghana, though others see it as a very laudable effort from the revered leader in demonstrating co-existence.
But the spokesperson for the National Chief Imam Sheikh Aremeyaw has waded into the discussion saying that Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharabutu has not erred by donating to such a cause.
Sheikh Aremeyaw expressed that, the donation was a sign of mutual respect, solidarity and cooperation among Muslims and Christians in Ghana.
Some critics including former Ambassador to Namibia Haruna Attah criticized the Chief Imam for donating to the project
Alhaji Haruna Attah in expressing his disagreement with the Chief Imam’s gesture said “As a citizen, it is his prerogative and he should not be denied the right of expressing it but then, other citizens should not also be denied their rights to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ – apologies to social media jargon. But I do not agree with him and his gesture is not representative of all of Ghana’s Muslims”.
Mr Alhaji Haruna Attah also pointed out that Muslim students need scholarships to study but are struggling yet the Chief Imam has donated this money that could have been used to support the students.
However, Sheik Aremeyaw responded by saying that the fact that the Chief Imam has not given a scholarship to one or two people does not mean he hasn’t been helping people.
“The National Chief Imam has paid medical bills of people, he has paid fees for people,” he said.