National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, has expressed shock over the demise of the longest-serving leader of the nation, Jerry John Rawlings.
He said the Muslim community was taken aback upon hearing the sad news that had hit the country hard.
The Chief Imam, in a press statement, noted that Mr Rawlings’ contribution to Ghana’s political development in the country will forever remain in the historical books.
Sheikh Dr Sharubutu highlighted that the country has lost an iconic political figure and a statesman, adding that the nation honours the deceased’s memory.
Read below the Chief Imam’s press statement:
Message of Condolence on the Death of His Excellency the Former President of the Republic of Ghana, Ft. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings from His Eminence The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Usman Nuhu Sharubutu.
In The Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
The Eminent National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Usman Nuhu Sharubutu and the entire Muslim community have received with great shock and deep grief report about the sudden demise of Ghana’s former President and the first President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Ft. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings a couple of days ago.
According to His Eminence, the National Chief Imam in the death of His Excellency the former president, both the family and the nation as a whole have lost a great inspirational leader, a pillar, an iconic political figure and a statesman. For the bereaved family in particular, the loss of a personality of such eminence cannot go without emotional pain and agony, but as people of faith, we share the common belief that death is unquestionably a destiny common to all humans which occurs at a time divinely determined and immutably fixed.
Therefore, on his own behalf and on behalf of all Imams, Zongo chiefs and indeed the entire Muslim community, the Eminent National Chief Imam wishes to express his deepest sympathies and condolence to both the immediate and extended family members and, indeed, the nation at large in this extremely difficult time.
According to the Eminent National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, indeed the memory of his Excellency Jerry John Rawlings, the former president, will go down on record as the president with the most significant contribution to Ghana’s political development in recent history. It is therefore most befitting that we honor his memory even as the family and nation mourn his departure from mundane life.
According to the Eminent National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, our consoling words especially to the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and the children is that may the Almighty God, who gives and takes life, grant the entire bereaved family the strength of heart and spirit to be able to endure the difficulties associated with the loss of such a dear one.
SHEIKH ARMIYAWO SHAIBU
SPOKESPERSON FOR THE NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM