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Muslims Have Always Been Integral To Ghanaian Politics

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 11, 2009

I don’t know the details of exactly what transpired recently between President John Evans Atta-Mills and a delegation led by Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu, of the National Muslims Council (NMC), but a news article appeared in the Ghanaweb.com edition of January 22, 2009 captioned “Qualified Muslims Would Be Given Appointments.”  From the look of things, this Muslim delegation, led by Sheikh Sharabutu, also widely recognized as the National Chief Imam, had gone to the Osu Castle to plead its special cause of having a fair share of Ghanaians of the Islamic faith represented in the Atta-Mills government. If so, then, perhaps, such “courtesy call” on the President was almost unnecessary. For Muslims have been a vital part of national governance since the country’s re-assertion of her sovereignty from British colonial rule. And to be certain, even President Nkrumah’s national coordinator for the infamous Young Pioneers’ Movement (YPM) was a second-generation Ghanaian Muslim.

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr.

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