In a speech delivered by Hon. Ben Abdallah Banda, Presidential Coordinator for Zongo and Inner-cities Development, on behalf of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the call for the ongoing promotion of inter-faith harmony to enhance peace and serenity in the nation has been emphasized.
Under the theme ‘Interfaith harmony: A cornerstone for global peace and tranquility,’ Dr. Bawumia emphasized that Ghana’s celebrated peace and stability can be largely attributed to the spirit of inter-faith tolerance.
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He stressed that in an era when many countries grapple with religious and political intolerance, Ghana must reinforce its commitment to diversity.
“Today, we live in a time of unprecedented challenges, where divisions and conflicts based on religion, ethnicity and politics continue to plague and undermine national and global stability,” Dr. Bawumia said.
“In our increasingly interconnected world, we must recognize that our destinies are intertwined, regardless of our faith, nationality, political differences and ideologies or cultural background. It is worth noting and remembering that no true religion advocates hatred or violence and that true faith promotes love, compassion, understanding and peaceful coexistence,” he added.
In addition to urging the population to foster inter-faith harmony, the Vice President reaffirmed the government’s dedication to upholding Ghana’s peace and stability, recognized by the Global Peace Index.
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“As a government, maintaining and promoting peace in our country has always been a priority, because without peace and tranquillity, there cannot be development and progress.
“If Ghana is ranked the most peaceful country in West Africa and the 2nd most peaceful country on the African continent by the Global Peace Index, it is because as a government, and a people, we are collectively doing many things right.”
Dr. Bawumia commended the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, for his unwavering commitment to diversity and public display of inter-faith tolerance, urging Muslims to follow his example.
“The National Chief Imam’s consistent demonstration of both intra, and interfaith harmony is not only desirable but essential for peace and stability, not only in our nation but throughout the world.
“His Eminence the National Chief Imam’s life embodies these principles, and his dedication to building bridges between different faiths has made our nation a more harmonious and peaceful place.”
He stressed that maintaining and promoting peace has consistently been a top priority for the government, as development and progress are unattainable without peace and tranquility.
He highlighted the vital role played by the National Chief Imam in promoting both intra and interfaith harmony, not only within the nation but also on a global scale.
Furthermore, the Vice President expressed his appreciation for the clergy’s collaborative efforts with the National Chief Imam and other Muslim leaders in the country.