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‘They praise me but mistreat my Muslim grandchildren in their schools’ – Chief Imam Sharubutu openly speaks for the 1st time

“These are the people that they hail praises on me, they show me great respect anytime, but my grandchildren are in their schools, and my grandchildren are not treated well?”, the above are some of the words of the National Chief Imam Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu over reports that Muslim students in Christian schools are denied rights to practice any Muslim form of worship, especially at Wesley Girls as MyNewsGh.com broke the news almost two weeks ago.

The usually calm and soft-spoken Chief Imam who hardly reacts to such issues appears to have had enough as he was directly quoted by his Muslim cleric spokesman, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu who revealed that the Chief Imam is highly disappointed in the situation.

Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu said he is deeply concerned about the recent news of alleged mistreatment of Muslims in certain Christian missionary schools.

“Anytime Chief Imam hears this he feels disappointed, he feels worried, and when he calls and talks to me he’s like [‘these are the people that they hail praises on me, they show me great respect anytime, but my grandchildren are in their schools, and my grandchildren are not treated well,”] he told Benjamin Akakpo on AM Show, Friday

According to him, the recent incident involving the Wesley Girls’ Senior High School’s refusal to let Muslim students partake in the ongoing Ramadan fast has caused the Chief Imam so much worry.

He called for respect for diversity.

“And I think that as teachers even within the mission, we’re told that compassion is something that we all uphold, and I find a contradiction when Muslim children are in Christian schools and Christians who uphold the virtues of compassion and respect for human dignity will not be able to look at within the frame of their discipline to also respect the diversity in it,” he said.

Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, who is the spokesperson of the Chief Imam says following reportage of mistreatment of Muslim students across the country, the office of the Chief Imam has started recording the names of schools where the abuse of Muslim students occur in order to go into talks with their school heads to find an amicable solution.

He said, “Meek as he is, the Chief Imam will never tell you go and shout, go and do that but he feels disappointed and I feel disappointed.”

“I have been a teacher, and I understand the psychological implication of this, any child you mistreat within the school system, the psychological impact on his being as he grows further, just like a child who is abused in the house for too long or a child who is exposed to abuse or he sees his father slapping his mother, kicking his mother, that child will grow to become a violent person when he gets married. The same thing any child who is mistreated, treated with indignity, disrespect, his rights are abused, that child will grow never to see anything wrong with abuse of human rights,” he added.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/2021

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