30 November 2012

Ghana: Mahama Meets Muslim Leadership

President John Mahama, as part of his plan to achieve peace for the country in the forthcoming general elections, has met with the leadership of the Muslim community, during which he declared November 30 and December 2 as national prayer days towards peace and successful elections.

According to the President, it was very important to recognise the presence of God in whatever we do as a country, adding that the December 7 general elections need the intervention of God to make it peaceful.

He urged all Muslims to use Friday November 30 to pray for country in all mosques throughout the country, while December 2, which falls on a Sunday, should also be used by Christians to pray for the state.

In order to achieve total peace in the elections, President Mahama, called on the religious leaders to continue praying, without ceasing for the country, even before, during and after the elections.

President Mahama commended them for their prayers and efforts at ensuring peaceful elections.

According to the President, anytime there was an election in this country, both Muslims and Christians joined forces to pray, which he said, had seen Ghana through in the conduct of its elections over the years.

He emphasised that Ghana, for five consecutive times, had held very peaceful elections, and for that matter, the December elections would be more peaceful than ever before.

The Muslim leaders, who were drawn from across the country, at the meeting, prayed for the President and other political leaders, and the Electoral Commission.

The prayer was led by the National Chief Imam, Dr. Alhaji Sheihu Nuhu Shaributu. It was also attended by the National Chief Imam of the Al-Suna Muslim sect in Ghana.

Welcoming the President to the gathering, the wife of a renowned Muslim Scholar, Sheikh Issaku Nuaman, Hajia Yasmin Apeadu, commended the President for his love for women and children.

She also expressed her appreciation to the President Mahama for his respect for the Muslim community, and regarding them as his brothers and sisters.

Hajia Apeadu appealed to the various political parties taking part in this year's elections not to do anything to derail the peace the country was enjoying.

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