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25.02.2020 Social News

Do not Use Maulid Grounds for Political Campaigns

Politicians warned ahead of Greater Accra Maulid.
By Muhammed Faisal Mustapha
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The organizing committee for the Greater Accra Maulid has expressed its readiness for the annual Greater Accra Maulid (celebration of the Holy Prophet) slated for February 29, 2020 to be held at Shukura a, a suburb of Accra.

The Maulid organized jointly by the Islamic Foundation for Peace and Development (IFPAD) and the Supreme Council for Tijaniya Islamic Affairs, Ghana under the leadership of Sheikh Yahaya Amin will bring together individuals from across the globe.

The committee headed by Alhaji Rufai Mallam Mei-Gaisuwa engaged a number of stakeholders to deliberate on how to make the event a success. At a meeting held on Friday February 21, 2020 at the conference hall of Lord’s Wembley Plus, the organizing committee indicated its readiness for the 53rd Maulid celebrations.

Addressing stakeholders, the Secretary and PRO of Sheikh Yahaya Amin: Ibrahim Anyass (Sir Ghosh) outlined a number of measures which have been put in place to make the celebrations a success. Key among these measures was security and how to ensure the safety of participants. He indicated the security services have assured the committee of a high powered security detail.

After several deliberations with stakeholders, the organizing committee took stakeholders to the venue of the Maulid to assess the venue and practically examine the sitting arrangements and a host of other issues. The committee expects some 6,000 individuals to join in this year’s celebrations.

Stakeholders however expressed their worries about the use of motorbikes. In order to curtail the rampant invasion of motor bikes into the event grounds, the maulid committee indicated it had “made adequate provisions for motor bike users”. A place has therefore been designated as a parking place for these motor bikes. The chairman on behalf of the committee added that, there will be a sensitize programme for the youth on the new arrangement on how to manage the motorbikes without any stress.

The stakeholders included political party representatives, the Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma Central Constituency, the representative of the MCE, some assembly members, opinion leaders and a cross section of the media.

The stakeholders advised the committee not to allow any political party to use the event as a rally grounds adding that the celebration of the Prophet's Birthday is a highly religious and a spiritual event hence the need to desist from any form of political talk which may mar the beauty of the event.

Dr Lord Oblitey Commey, a key stakeholder advised that any political party with the intent to campaign at the maulid grounds may have to look elsewhere. “We cannot turn this event into a political program. Any politician who wants to campaign should engage the citizenry in their homes”, he added.

The maulid event shall be graced by Sheikh Mohammed Lamin Niasse (son of sheikh Ibrahim Niasse) of Senegal, the Imam of Kano and the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana , Dr. Mahamud Bawumia as Guest of Honor. The National Chief Imam of the Republic of Ghana- Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, former president and presidential candidate of the NDC- John Dramani Mahama shall also grace the occasion.

Source: Muhammed Faisal Mustapha

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