H.E. Hege Hertzberg, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana, has urged leaders of the various religious groups

in the country to protect the current peaceful atmosphere in the country.


She said maintaining the national peace at this time was very

critical, especially when the nation was preparing to hold its general

elections next year.

Making the call when she joined the Tijaniya Muslim Council at

its National Delegates’ Conference in Koforidua, she described the

peaceful co-existence among the religions sects in Ghana as a

?wonderful asset.

The Norwegian Ambassador, however, expressed the fear that it was

being threatened by evil forces, such as Boko Haram and ISIS, which were

operating in nearby countries.

?This is a real treasure, may be the most valuable asset Ghana

has, and we should all take care and nurture it day by day, so that it

remains too strong for any alien extremist to destroy,? she stressed.

She condemned the belief that the on-going terrorism in the world

was a Muslim intervention, saying no terrorism could be carried out in

the name of the All Mighty since the All Mighty would not endorse the

killing and frightening of the people He created.

Mrs. Hertzberg implored religious leaders to clarify to their

members to read, understand, and practise the Holy Scriptures in support

for peace and justice, and to as well stand together to resist the evil

forces that were causing much pain in Mali, Nigeria and other West

African countries.

?The best protection we can create is to speak well of each other,

value our differences, enjoy diversity and respect each other?s right to

practise our religion and live our lives, ? she advised.

The Norwegian Ambassador also challenged religious leaders to

let their followers understand that violence was never the option to

better democracy, stressing that, as Ghana went to the polls in 2016,

religious faiths should create an interfaith platform to promote

inclusion, transparency and harmony before, during and after the general


She called for concerted efforts to discover and unearth the

great potentials that too often were hidden in Ghanaian women, by

enhancing their participation in the running of affairs of the economy,

and to maintaining national peace to attract more investors into the


Sheikh Khalifa Abdul Faidi Maikano, the President of the Tijaniya

Muslim Council, Ghana(TMCG), used the occasion to hail the first

President of the TMCG, the late Sheikh Abdullai Maikano, who sacrificed

greatly for the Council.

He described Sheikh Abdullai Maikano as a leader of peace, unity

and justice, and therefore urged all Muslims to emulate him, and live

in harmony with all persons around them.

As part of the Delegates? Conference, funds were raised to

support the construction of a befitting museum for the late former

President of the TMCG.

Source : GNA/


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