Haruna Iddrisu warns against religious chauvinism in the country
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has called on the citizenry to guard against religious chauvinism and cautioned that the portrayal of one religion as superior to others threatens the peace and integration of the country.
“We need to guard against the emergence of religious chauvinism in Ghana. We must all jealously protect the peace of our country and the harmony that we enjoy,” he said.
His comment comes on the back of the recent debate about authorities in Wesley Girls’ Senior High School denying Muslim students from observing their 30-day fast during the period of Ramadan.
Speaking to the media in Accra on Thursday about the development, the member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) stated that it was important that the peace of the country is preserved through continued tolerance of our religious differences.
“Ghana has a reputation for peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance. We do not need to engage in any action that will undermine that respected reputation of our country as an oasis of peace. We should not sacrifice that peace on the altar of religious differences,” he said.
Mr Iddrisu indicated that every Ghanaian, including Muslim girls and boys, is entitled to enjoying the fundamental human rights enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.
“We simply demand respect for that inalienable constitutional right to religion and the right to freedom of conscience,” he said
Reacting to the arrest of Citi FM journalist, Caleb Kudah, the Tamale South MP accused the Akufo-Addo-led government of reducing the country to a police state.
According to him, the blatant infringement on the rights of journalists in the country by National Security operatives and the police was not acceptable and should be checked.
“Nana Addo Dankwa and his NPP government are reducing Ghana to a police state and that is not acceptable. Journalists have the right to film to provide evidence of what they have seen and to report what is real and what is practical. What is wrong with that?” he queried.