The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has appealed for peace in Bawku in the Upper East Region.
Speaking through his spokesperson, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, the Chief Imam expressed worry about the ongoing conflict in Bawku Township, which has taken many lives in recent days.
“I use the voice of the National Chief Imam to call on the people of Bawku because they’re largely Muslims, and I want to call them to look at the spirit of peace as established in our language and the greetings that we greet – As-salamu alaykum – peace be upon you.
“They should look at this and look at peace as one of the virtues and values of Islam and once silence the gun, break the cycle of vengeance, sound more conciliatory, let’s explore more opportunities for negotiated peace through dialogue and know that as we do so, we’ll be able to reach [peace],” he said.
Bawku is once again suffering violence as a result of killings, the most recent of which saw the deaths of three individuals, purportedly caused by military soldiers deployed by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to restore calm in the region.
Although the military has denied any wrongdoing, claiming they acted in self-defense, neighbors are demanding justice for the deaths of the young men.