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2024 elections: ‘Smart’ Bawumia knows all Muslims can’t guarantee him victory; that’s why he’s tactically engaging Christians — Sheikh Armiyawo

Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu [left] and Vice President Dr. BawumiaSheikh Armiyawo Shaibu [left] and Vice President Dr. Bawumia

Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu, spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, has defended the actions of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in his engagement with Christians and visit to churches despite being a Muslim.

In an interview with GHOne TV, Sheikh Shaibu explained that Dr. Bawumia’s visits to churches and interactions with Christian communities are strategic political moves.

Sheikh Shaibu noted that Dr. Bawumia understands that securing the votes of all Muslims in Ghana would not be sufficient to win the upcoming December 7, 2024, election.

Thus, it is logical for him to reach out to Christians to garner broader support.

“He (Dr. Bawumia) is employing political tactics. Dr. Bawumia knows that even if all Muslims in this country vote for him, he cannot win the election. True or false? True. So politically, it doesn't make sense to be on one side,” he said.

Sheikh Shaibu highlighted that this approach is not unique to Dr. Bawumia, as Christian politicians also seek the support of Muslim communities.

He emphasized that there is no issue with this approach.

“So, he's engaging in politics, and people must view him from the angle of his political strategy to be able to get the vote from every corner. And like all politicians do, they come to Muslims, and some of them will come to the Chief Imam and request prayers from him,” he added.

Sheikh Shaibu also addressed the topic of religious leaders praying for politicians, noting that the Chief Imam regularly prays for both Muslim and Christian politicians, which does not diminish their faith.

“Chief Imam lays hands on politicians. He lays his hands on politicians, and it's in the pictures; people know. When I meet the Chief Imam and Muslim and Christian politicians, they squat and give their heads to him to hold and pray. It is because of how they see him, but it doesn't make them less Christian,” he noted.

Gideon Afful Amoako
Gideon Afful Amoako

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