President Akufo-Addo has described as apt the decision of all the Islamic sects in Ghana to unite under one corporate body to be known as the National Muslim Conference (NMC).
According to President Akufo-Addo, the decision is a positive step that will help to ensure the peaceful coexistence of all Muslims in Ghana and improve relations between Muslims and the state.
Addressing a delegation of all Muslims sects in Ghana led by the Chief Imam, Shiekh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, at the Jubilee House on Tuesday 4 October 2022, he said “It is extremely important what has happened here the [Jubilee House] today. The country is being told that all the key Muslim sects, Tijjaniya, Sunnī, Shīʿa, Ahmadiyya, have all come together under one organization to represent the Muslim community, to be its mouthpiece and to be its representative and to deal with the State and the government at all levels in this corporate form”.
“This is very happy news and I am very happy about what has happened here today. In the Christian community, there are three different organizations, there is the Catholic Conference, there is the Christian Council and there is the Charismatic and Pentecostal Council. They have not come under one grouping yet but you have, so, we have to congratulate you on being able to do that” the President added.
According to Alhaji Insah Mohammed, the NMC’s General Secretary, the National Muslim Conference was incorporated on December 20, 2021, and it is a self-governing institutional mechanism with three main structures, namely, the governing body, the management board, and the secretariat, which will be led by him [Alhaji Insah Mohammed] as the General Secretary.
He added that the body was established by a deed signed by the National Chief Imam, the National Imams of all Muslim groups in Ghana, including Chiefs, and the chairman of the Muslim cuscus in Parliament.
“This institutional mechanism is meant to bring Muslims together to participate in the economic discourse of this country, especially in the areas of education, health, economic empowerment, and the strengthening of the financial conditions of Ghanaian Muslims and the nation at large, as well as to ensure that the legal and human rights of Muslims in Ghana are protected at all times”.