The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) – Vice Admiral (V/Adm) Seth Amoama, has paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s Chief Imam – His Eminence (HE) Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharabutu, to congratulate him on his 103rd birthday, and to wish him and the entire Ghanaian Moslem Community well, in their observation of the annual Ramadan abstinence period, heralding the feast of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

The visit which took place at the residence of the Sheikh at New Fadama, in Accra on Tuesday April 26, 2022, saw the military head in the company of his Chief of the Naval Staff – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Issah Adam Yakubu and Senior Officers from the General Headquarters from Burma Camp.

The CDS recalled his earlier visit to the National Chief Imam to introduce himself and to request for spiritual blessings for the duties entrusted on him, when he was newly appointed by the Commander-In-Chief and President of the Republic of Ghana – Nana Addo Danka Akufo-Addo, to lead the GAF.

Admiral Amoama added that, on the occasion of the observation of the holy month of Ramadan, which has coincided with the birthday of one regarded by many, nationally and internationally, as a great pillar of peace in Ghana, the GAF, being an active participant of peacekeepiing internationally, felt obliged to celebrate the National Chief Imam.

“On the occasion of the Ramadan festival, we want to present a few items to make the celebration a success. We urge him to continue to pray for the Ghana Armed Forces and the country at large”, the Admiral concluded.

The items presented included 5 bags of rice, 10 packs Malta Guinness and Coca-Cola drinks, 10 packs of Belaqua mineral water, 1 gallon cooking oil, 2 rams and a cash sum of GHS 5,000.

Praying for the CDS and the Armed Forces, the Chief Imam interceded that they would be a beacon of hope in the political architecture of Ghana, and that they may be able to execute their tasks efectively at any point in time, so that the nation would be a place of rest that others would come and seek for assistance.

The Sheikh used the occasion to inform the CDS that his grandfather – Native Officer Mohammed Dan-Barnor and his brother Native Officer Harri Zenuwah, were part of the Hausa troops that were brought into the Gold Coast and formed the military, and that they are mentioned in the history books of the Gold Coast.

He said his grandfather died a soldier and was buried at Sampa, the capital town of Jaman North District, in the Bono Region, a town on Ghana’s border with la Cote d’Ivoire, and that he had been to the grave site to put the grave in good shape, built a mosque for the community, and intends to put up some residences at the village for use by his ancestory.

HE Sheikh Sharabutu said that the time his granfather died was when the famous Islamic scholar – Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass (who was a spiritual guardian of the Chief Imam) – was born.

Major Umar Sanda Ahmed (Rtd) – former Ambassador of Ghana to Egypt, who acted as an intermediary at the visit, urged the CDS to consider honouring the Chief Imam with an Honorary Rank – which he claimed would not be the first time since one late Dr Robert Gardner was once given the Honoray Rank of a Colonel.

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