Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah is calling on the Ghana Police Service to drop all the charges that have been leveled against the youth who attacked and vandalized his church last week.
He made the made the call on Thursday during a courtesy call to the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, as a sign of his appreciation for his timely call for the ‘attackers’ to be brought to book.
The youth, numbering about a dozen and believed to be from the Moslem community, were ostensibly angered by a prophecy by the pastor that the Chief Imam will die this year.
They stormed the South Odorkor branch Rev Owusu Bempah’s church and destroyed property.
Rev. Owusu Bempah expressed gratitude to the Chief Imam for the role he played in averting a crisis.He promised he and his team will find another time to visit the Chief Imam to further strengthen the relationship between them.
The Chair of the Chief Imam’s Advisory Board, Gado Mohammed thanked the pastor for showing interest in maintaining the peace that has long existed between the two faiths.
“Muslims and Christians all have faith in God that is why they are referred to as faith people…the peace that we have had in this country is not anything like others have had in many other countries.This is because the two faiths are at peace with each other and we should not take it for granted. We have worked for it,” he said.
Mr Gado said they have gone to conferences with Christian leaders on behalf of the Chief Imam all aimed at fostering peace and urged no one to take that for granted.
He thanked Rev Owusu Bempah for coming to see the Chief Imam in the name of peace and then apologised on behalf of the youth who vandalised the pastor’s property and caused anxiety among worshippers.
But after condemning the act, the Chief Imam called for the arrest of four of the youth and asked the Moslem community to forgive the man of God.
According to him, Islam stands for peace:
“We are living in peace with fellow Christians and other religion so let’s maintain that relationship. Leave him with his character and forgive him. As for death, every soul shall taste it either today or tomorrow so no need to attack the man. Please leave him and forgive him, I am begging you, I am begging you.”