The Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has urged the leadership of the Greater Accra Tijaniya Muslim Council of Ghana and all Muslims for that matter, to help erase the wrong perception that, not only the indigenes of Zongo communities but also the Islamic religion is violent.
The frequent social unrest and violent behaviors exhibited by some youth in the Zongos has accounted for this unfortunate perception about Zongos and Islam. A perception that has affected and reduced the high social standing of the many Muslim achievers in the eyes of the public Dr Abdul-Hamid added.
Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid made these observations when the Executives of the Greater Accra Tijaniya Muslim Council of Ghana paid a courtesy call on him to brief him on the recent disturbances within the Tijaniya sect in Accra. He assured them that he will do everything within his power to ensure peaceful co-existence of all Muslim sects in Zongo Communities.
Led by their Vice President, Alhaji Fatawu Ahmed, the 9-member- delegation, made up of some Tijaniya Chiefs and Imams, explained how some members of the sect have received un-provoked attacks on them and appealed to him to use his good office to find an amicable solution to the ensuing unrest within the Tijaniya fraternity. These unrests followed a recent pronouncement by the leader of the Tijaniya/Jalloo Community, Sheikh Ahmed Abul Faid.
Briefing the Minister, Alhaji Ahmed said despite several un-provoked attacks on the Tijaniya/Jalloo communities, they have resolved not to take the laws into their own hands. He urged the Minister to intervene to bring sanity to the community. They were worried that despite reporting the case to the Police for redress, no one has been arrested yet.
The Greater Accra Tijaniya Muslim Council leadership were also worried that the behavior of some youth, believed to be supporters of the National Chief Imam has created fear and prevented them from going about their normal business peacefully. They noted that the ensuing unrest among some sections of zongo community fell in the purview of the Ministry for which reason they visited the ministry.
On his part, Dr Abdul –Hamid thanked them for the visit and assured them that the law enforcement agencies will deal ruthlessly with those who break the law even if they did so in the name of religion. He said that the government will remain a neutral and independent arbiter in the matter.