The Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has pledged to be a unifying leader for all Ghanaians, regardless of their religious or political affiliations, if he is elected President.
In a meeting with the Council of Regional Imams, who visited his residence to congratulate him on his election as flagbearer, the Vice President emphasized his vision for an inclusive nation offering equal opportunities to all.
“I am for all, and if I am elected President, Insha Allah, by the good people of Ghana, I will be a President for all, regardless of one’s ethnic, religious, and political affiliations,” Dr Bawumia said.
“I will be a President for all because poverty, hunger, and disease don’t know whether you are a Muslim or a Christian, NPP or NDC, or whether you are this tribe or that tribe.”
Dr. Bawumia acknowledged Ghana’s diverse population and recognized the country’s blessing of peace and harmony. He emphasized the importance of maintaining this harmony, especially between the two major religious groups, Christians, and Muslims.
Dr Bawumia commended ongoing efforts to build tolerance and respect for diversity, attributing Ghana’s peaceful coexistence to these principles.
“If we live peacefully in Ghana despite our religious and political differences, it is because of such tolerance and respect for diversity,” he said.
“It is important for us all, especially between our two religious groups, to continue to respect this diversity and engage more with each other. We have to strengthen this beautiful relationship to preserve it and the peace we enjoy in this country.”
The Imams commended Dr. Bawumia for his commitment to diversity and urged him to continue engaging with the Christian community to enhance harmony.
Sheikh Abdul Mumin Harun, Spokesperson of the Imams, commended the Vice President’s tolerance and respect for religious diversity, citing examples from the Prophet Muhammad’s life to underscore that Islam encourages building and strengthening harmonious relationships between Muslims and Christians.