After three months of deliberation, Islamic sectarian leaders in Tamale inked a historic Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), focusing on fostering peaceful coexistence and mutual respect.
This significant pact, witnessed by the Northern Regional Peace Council in March 2022, aimed to mitigate tensions and promote unity among Islamic groups.
The MOA outlined key principles, including refraining from public insults or denigrations of leaders, promoting dialogue over confrontation, and avoiding divisive language in sermons and media spaces.
Notable signatories included Alhaji Abdul-Salam, Shiekh Saeed Abubakar Zakaria, Mauvi Abubakari Ibrahim, Shiekh Dalhu Abdul Mumin, Shiekh Ibrahim Basha (Shiekh Bayaan), and Hajia Alhassan Alolo Mariam.
During the conference, leaders from various sects embraced peaceful coexistence, call on their followers to engage in constructive conversations to understand one another’s perspectives and finding common groundd to address their disagreements.
The Northern Regional Minister, represented by Mr. Habib Shahadu, praised the leaders for their efforts in maintaining peace and urged continued collaboration to prevent potential tensions, especially among the youth in the social media sphere.
With 2024 being an election year, he emphasized the critical role of cooperation and vigilance in ensuring regional stability.
Acknowledging the support of USAID and the ongoing efforts of the Regional Peace Council, the Minister expressed gratitude for their dedication to sustaining peace in the Northern region.
The spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Arimiyawo Shaibu stated that, “religious tolerance refers to the acceptance and respect for different religious beliefs and practices by the individual and society”
He urged all Muslim ummah to uphold the value of religious tolerance, respect and appreciate people with other faiths.