Nana Addo has cautioned Ghanaian politicians not to interfere in the religious impasse in the country.
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo has admonished fellow politicians not to meddle in the ongoing debate on religious rights in schools and workplaces.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, Christians and Muslims have, over the years, co-existed in harmony, stating that if there is a “misunderstanding” regarding the issue of religious rights in schools and workplaces, it should be resolved by a process of dialogue between Christian and Muslim leaders.
“Politicians should not be seen to be meddling in these issues,” Akufo-Addo stressed.
The NPP flagbearer made this known on Tuesday, when he paid a courtesy call on the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul Mumin Haruna, at his residence in Suame, Kumasi.
Nana Akufo-Addo explained that the beauty about Ghana, which has been the envy of many countries in the region, has been the peaceful co-existence of its citizens despite their varied religious affinities. This, over the years, according to Akufo-Addo, has prevented religious conflict in the country.
“Even the document that binds our country, the Constitution of the Fourth Republic, recognises and advocates religious freedoms. It must stay that way. In my own view, this is not an issue politicians in the country should be seen wading into,” Akufo-Addo said.
He continued, “The current issues in Christian and Muslim educational institutions should be handled by a process of dialogue between Christian and Muslim leaders. These leaders must sit down to talk for peace and understanding to prevail.”
Nana Addo asked for the support of the Regional Chief Imam to help in taking this debate away from the political domain, despite attempts by some politicians to make this a political one.
“This is not an issue any politician should be involved in. Let us take ourselves out of this,” the NPP flagbearer noted, adding that interference by politicians may not necessarily resolve this matter, “but could rather result in undesired consequences for Ghana.”