CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS CLASH

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Earlier today at a press conference in Accra to brief the public on the noise ban, Nii Ayibonte II, who speaks for Ga chiefs, was quoted as saying that Muslims should keep their dead in the morgue for the duration of the ban which is set to begin on 31st May.
According to the Ghanaian Democrat, the Gbese Mantse was responding to a question from a reporter as to how Muslims who bury their dead within 24 hours would comply with the ban.
He is said to have warned that the traditonal council would not tolerate the noise which he said are often associated with muslim burials during the period of the ban.
His remark has sparked outrage among some Muslims in the country.
The chief Imam has also expressed dissatisfaction at the development.
In an interview on Accra-based Starr FM, his spokesman, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, said the call to not undertake burials violated the religious right of Muslims.He said it was consistent with a pattern of threats and intimidation that Muslims had dealt with so long.
Sheikh Shaibu said there was the need for Ghanaians to respect the cultural values of one another and refrain from infringing on the rights of others to express their religion.
"...it can be a bit disturbing, especially when it has to do with funerals and the burial of the dead. And we don’t cause the deaths, otherwise we would have said all Muslims who are going to die should wait until we finish the Homowo and then you can begin to die,” he said.

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