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General News of Monday, 25 November 2019

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

NDC Group slams Bawumia for 'disrespecting' Chief Imam

The National Zango Caucus of the National Democratic Congress has lashed out at Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia over what it claims to be a disrespect of the National Chief Imam and his office.

According to the group, the conduct of Dr Bawumia and some followers of the NPP at the Maulid – the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) was against the directives by the Organising Committee of the Maulid.

The group, in a statement signed by its Communication Officer, Alhaji Mohammed Naziru posited Dr Bawumia and the NPP supporters present at the event acted in contravention of the warning by the committee which was against turning the religious event into a political one.

“It is Sene qua num to note that, all the political parties who were invited to the event were notified by the Organising committee of the Maulid, of the clear Directives from National Chief Imam not to to turn the obvious religious event into partisan politics in order to maintain the National character of the annual event”.

“To the dismay of the NDC National zango caucus and all participant at the 2019 Maulid, the vice President of the Republic of Ghana H.E Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was ushered into the event by NPP fanatics clouded in NPP party colours singing and chanting NPP slogans with megaphones to signify it is a well-orchestrated organized plan to defy the Chief Imam, a situation that prompted the Master of ceremony(MC) to reprimand the vice president's entourage, albeit after the harm has been done and the vice president has taken his seat”.

It is therefore demanding an apology from the vice president and the NPP for what they believe to be an ‘embarrassment’ to the Chief Imam and the nation.

“In view of the above, the National zango caucus of the NDC demands an unqualified apology from the Vice President (H.E Dr. Bawmia) and the entire NPP for the embarrassment caused the National Chief Imam, the Muslim Ummah and the entire Nation in the presence of foreign Diplomats and some international Media”.

Below is the full statement

For Immidiate Release Sunday 24th November 2019. The National Zango Caucus of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) has observed with with great concern the crass disregard by the vice president H.E Alhaj Dr. Mahmudu Bawmia and the Govening New patriotic Party(NPP) to the clear directives by the National Chief Imam(Shaikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu) not to entertain any party politics at the just ended 2019 National religious event to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed(S.A.W) known as the Maulid, at New Fadama on Saturday 23rd November 2019.

It is Sene qua num to note that, all the political parties who were invited to the event were notified by the Organising committee of the Maulid, of the clear Directives from National Chief Imam not to to turn the obvious religious event into partisan politics in order to maintain the National character of the annual event.

We in the NDC in reverence to the high office of the National Chief Imam and in line with our position to call for a no vote in the upcoming referendum to avoid the near poisoning of everything in the country with partisan politics, adhered to the Directives of the National Chief imam.

To the dismay of the NDC National zango caucus and all participant at the 2019 Maulid, the vice President of the Republic of Ghana H.E Dr Mahmudu Bawmia was ushered into the event by NPP fanatics clouded in NPP party colors singing and chanting NPP slogans with megaphones to signify it is a well orchestrated organized plan to defy the Chief Imam, a situation that prompted the Master of ceremony(MC) to reprimand the vice president's entourage, albeit after the harm has been done and the vice president has taken his seat.

For us in the zango caucus, this is a blatant disrespect to the chief imam and the moslem ummah from national and international who graced the occasion, also, this gross violation of a simple and befitting directives by the the National Chief Imam by no less a person than the vice president of the republic who should know better the need to make national events remain national, devoid of partisanship, goes to confirm our strong held believe to the effect that it's a dress rehearsal by the NPP to countinue in their disregard to the rules of engagement in all.

National events especially in the upcoming 2020 election, in order to skew the outcome of the said election to their favor come what may.

This should serve as a wake up call to all well meaning Ghanaians to call the Npp to order and save our Dear country Ghana, from any further embarrassment both locally and internationally.

In view of the above, the National zango caucus of the NDC demands an unqualified apology from the Vice president(H.E Dr. Bawmia) and the entire NPP for the embarrassment caused the National Chief Imam, the Muslim Ummah and the entire Nation in the presence of foreign Diplomats and some international Media.

Finally, the National zango caucus of the NDC extend it sincere appreciation to all, for the rousing welcome accorded the former President and flag bearer of the NDC for the 2020 National elections (H.E John Dramani Mahama) at the 2019 Maulid under the auspices of the National Chief Imam and Grand Mufti of the Republic Ghana.

Alhaj Mohammed Naziru (Com. Officer of the National Zango Caucus of the NDC) 0244285223

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