We Must Guard Against Religious Chauvinism – Haruna Iddrisu

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has called on leaderships of various faiths in the country to use their influence to protect the peace the country is currently enjoying rather than engaging in actions that will hurt reputation of Ghana as a beacon of Religious Tolerance in the world.

Mr. Haruna who is also a Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South Constituency made this call when he was addressing the media after the 2021 Eid Fitr observed in his constituency yesterday, May 13.

“We need to guard against the emergence of religious Chauvinism in Ghana and we must all jealously protect and preserve the peace in the country.the harmony that exists. Ghana has a reputation of peaceful co-existence and religlous tolerance. We do not need to engage in any action that will undermine that respected reputation of our country that has been known as an oasis of peace”, the leader appealed.

His comments which were borded on the recent interfaith argument over the Wey Gey Hey Muslim students fasting called on Ghanaians not to sacrifice the peace in the country “on the altar of religious differences”, adding that the issue at hand needs o be discussed thoroughly all the stakeholders involved.

“We should not sacrifice the peace on the altar of religious differences but fundamental human rights and freedoms including the rights including the right to freedom of belief and freedom of conscience”, he stated.

“We need to discuss the whole issues of the Religious Bodies partnership with the Government in Education and its implications for a multi religious-affliated people bearing in mind the concept of unity that should find expression in respectable diversity”, the MP added.

So far The Christian Council of Ghana and the Catholic Bishops Conference have declared their support for the decision of the Methodist Church and authorities at the Wesley Girls’ SHS not to allow Muslim students to fast in the just ended Ramadan.

But Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu has described the decision of the two (2) bodies as “ganging up against the Muslim community”, concluding that Religious Tolerance being touted about in the country is a facade.

The leadership of the Christian Council has since taken him demanding a withdrawal and apology over the statement.

Story By: Fusieni Safianu

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