Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Ghana, Godfred Yeboah Dame has debunked reports that he had a meeting with President and Leader of the Tijaniyya Muslim Council of Ghana Sheikh Khalifa Abul-Faidi Abdulai Ahmad Maikano to initiate a succession plan for the National Chief Imam Osman Nuhu Shaributu.
The minister made the clarification at the residence of the National Chief Imam, when he called on him yesterday, May 18, 2021.
“About a month ago, a gentleman I hitherto did not know at all paid a visit to me. A courtesy call. I found it in my artinary for the week. Indeed, I opened my doors and the person visited. But it is also important to place on record. That the matters that were discussed there. Especially what I said were very much misrepresented. And on this occasion I will take the opportunity to clarify”, he narrated.
“So in the course of the courtesy call, he raised the issue of succession plan on the Chief Imam. And he said he was the head of the Tijaniyya faith. So first question I asked him was, how was he going to be succeeded in the event of his demise? And I asked him because, the his main concern was the lack of clear succession plan for the chief Imam. So I asked him, whether those who were with him could succeed him. Surprisingly, he said they couldn’t succeed him and that it was his brother or son who could do so. So I continued to ask, how could he be concerned about a supposed lack of transparency or democracy in the succession plan of the Chief Imam, if you, even those you came with can not succeed you?”, Mr. Godfred Yeboa Dame added.
According to the Attorney General, the state does not involve itself in determining for the religions who they want as their leader, stressing that “it is of no concern to him”.
He used the opportunity to remind Ghanaians that he does not use any social media platform, and that the said Tweeter account that published the misrepresentation of his meeting with the Tijaniyya leader was not him.
“And I told him that, even the Christian faith they have various sects : Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian. The Methodists do not concerned themselves with whom the head of Catholic mission in Ghana is. And the state is also not involved or interested in determining who becomes the head of Methodist mission. Catholic mission. or Presbyterian mission. So I told him that the matter of succession plan of the National Chief Imam however is concerned where is of no concern to me. And is also not be of concern to him”, he disclosed his conversation with Sheikh Khalifa Abul-Faidi Abdulai Ahmad Maikano.
“Surprisingly, about three (3) days after the end of the visit, I saw a report on Twitter… I do not use any social media at all. I do not have Tweeter account. I do not have Facebook account. So I was quite surprised. So it was of concern to me. It was concern to even the vice president…”, he concluded.
On April 20, this year, there was a Tweeter publication of an announcement by an bearing the name of the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame that he had a meeting with the head of Tijaniyya Community in Ghana over a succession plan for the National Chief Imam.
The announcement generated a sudden anger within the Muslim Community particularly on social media, forcing the said tweet to be pulled down subsequently.