“We woke up this morning to the unfortunate propaganda by some NPP elements seeking to discredit H.E John Dramani Mahama’s commitment to build morgues (in line with Islam practices and management) for our zangos.
Before we proceed let us be clear here, the promise by the NDC to build or provide Islamic morgues for our Muslim and Zango communities was as a REQUEST from the Muslim leaderships during our consultations process for the ‘PEOPLE’S MANIFESTO’. The need for Muslim morgues have been a request and prayer of the Muslims to provide decent and dignifying last respect to the dead in accordance with Islamic teachings and practices.
First of all, with the turn of events when some members of the NPP are making mockery and discrediting the request of Muslims, it is very necessary (sine qua non) that, H.E Dr Bawmia and Hon. Mustapha Hamid come out to declare their position on the provision of special morgues for Muslims since they are practicing moslems and they are mandated by Allah to speak and defend the TRUTH always if it is even against oneself.
Secondly, in strict adherence to Islamic procedure and principles of handling the dead body of Muslims, it is a requirement for women to handle the preparation of a female corpse while men handle that of males. These the Muslims in the zangos who unfortunately die in our hospital are being denied because people who handle such cases in our existing morgues are mostly not Muslims to carry out their duties to the satisfaction of the ordinary Zango persons.
We all agree that the COVID-19 has come with it new set of protocols termed as the “new normal” meaning, muslims who die through COVID-19 may not have the luxury of full customs and traditions required for a befitting burial, as such, there is the need to establish such morgues as promised by John Mahama to cope with changing trends.
Aside, meeting the Islamic mandatory requirements to provide dignifying last respect to the dead, the morgues will provide additional JOBS to the Zango youth and muslim health workers.
We in the zangos are very grateful to H.E John Mahama for listening to our cry, we just hope and pray that the good people of Ghana will vote massively for the John&Jane ticket to achieve this and many other commitments like the establishment plastic factories in our zangos to create jobs, scholarships up to tertiary for our zango youth, 10b big push agenda among others.”
Long live John Mahama
Long live NDC
Long live Ghana.
Alhaji Mohammed Naziru
Communication officer, National zango caucus and Manifesto spokesperson on zango and Islam affairs.