Zongo Movement for Development (ZOMOD), has thrown shots at former President and current flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama for what it calls “flagrant display of disrespect towards His Eminence the National Chief Imam Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.”
In a press release signed and issued in Accra, ZOMOD said “ It has noted with shock the flagrant display of disrespect towards His Eminence Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu by former President John Dramani Mahama and his Running Mate Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang on Wednesday August 12, 2020, at his residence in Fadama,.
According to the group, the former President Mahama, under the guise of visiting His Eminence to introduce to him his running mate, Prof. Jane Opoku-Agyemang, ended up with a mini rally at the residence of the National Chief Imam with organised supporters who were bussed to the place, adding that, they find this behaviour by the former President and his team not only disrespectful to the National Chief Imam and his Office, but also appaling and unbecoming of one who ought to know better.
To them, His eminence the National Chief Imam is a revered cleric, a national icon, a champion of diversity and politically neutral whose presence should be treated with decorum, and not with mass political fanfare as displayed by former President Mahama and his entourage to that end, all manner of persons and political leaders do visit the Chief Imam, but never have we seen such display of disrespect.
“By bussing supporters to his residence and spontaneouly chanting party songs in front of the National Chief Imam and other Eminent Imams, the former President and his team deliberately set up the revered Chief Imam for propaganda effect to enhance his political campaign, adding that, just a few hours before Mr. Mahama went to the Chief Imam’s residence for his rally, he had called on the leadership of the Christian community and he didn’t dare display such disrespect towards them.” it alleged.
ZOMOD further questioned that, why did JM choose to bus people to the Chief Imam’s residence and not to other places he had been introducing his running mate like traditional rulers and the Christian community.
The statement further called on former President Mahama as a matter of urgency apologise to his eminence and the Muslim community for turning what should have been an indoor introduction to a cacophonous political rally in front of His Eminence residence.
Meanwhile Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam, Alhaji Huzaiman Osman in reaction to the former Presidents act of disrespect on his Facebook wall, said;
“You don’t hold a political rally in the name of introducing a running mate to the Muslim community and you expect me to be around when you know I oppose all political rallies at the residence of His Eminence because it is not right,”.
Iddrisu Muftaw | Talksafrica.com