The Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul Muumin Harun, has stated the recent skirmishes over boundary dispute at the Tafo cemetery will have no effects on the peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims in the Ashanti Region and Ghana at large.
Shekih Harun noted that though the incident was highly unfortunate and could have been averted if proper consultation had been done, he hopes it would have no effects on the religious stability in the Tafo community and it’s environs.
One person died and several property were destroyed during a clash between some Zongo youth and a group of non-Muslims over the erection of fence wall at the main cemetery by members of the Concerned Muslim Youth Organization to protect portions of the cemetery from encroachment.
The incident led to the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew by the Regional Security Council(REGSEC).
However, the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam has moved to calm nerves over rumours that the incident was a clash between Muslims and Christians in the area.
Speaking in an interview with a local radio station HELLO FM in Kumasi, Sheikh Harun noted that any attempt to make the incident a religious conflict will not only disturb the peaceful atmosphere the country was enjoying but could also affect the socio-economic condition.
“It is important that we all treat this matter as a skirmish between few disgruntled youth struggling over piece of land at the cemetery and not a religious conflict,” He noted.
Pledging that efforts were already underway to resolve all outstanding issues, Sheikh Harm called on particularly the Muslim youth to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from all forms of act that can jeopardize the peace and tranquility in the area.
He said though the Muslim youth may have a genuine case, there was no justification launching a reprisal attacks which resulted in the unfortunate outcome.
“Sometimes you may have a genuine case but your approach can jeopardize everything. I want to condemn such attacks unreservedly and plead with the Chiefs and elders of Tafo, as well as the Zongo community to exercise patience and allow authorities to handle the issue amicably,” He pleaded.