Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Select females for running mates

Select females for running mates

Daily Graphic, Tuesday, March 18, 2008. Page 17 (Politics)

Donald Ato Dapatem

The National Chef Imam, Sheikk Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, has added his voice to the call on the flag bearers of the various political parties to appoint qualified females as their running mates for this years’ elections.

He said the Muslim religion did not frown on women taking leading positions and roles in the governance of the country; therefore, he supported the idea of women taking active part and assuming the position for President or Vice-President of the country irrespective of that female’s religion.

Sheikh Sharubutu, who spoke through an interpreter, was sharing his views on the call by sections of society that it was time women took up positions as running mates to the flag bearers of the various political parties in the country.

Some popular females name that have come up include Hajia Alima Mahama, Ministry for Women and Children affairs; Mrs Oboshie Sai-Cofie, Minister for Information; Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu, Director of Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat and Mrs. Leonora Kyeremanteng.

When asked if he would endorse a women president or vice-president, he noted that currently, a lot of women had acquired great knowledge and training and were making great impact on lives of other women in society in general, therefore there should not be any objection to their taking up such responsibility.

He noted that the Islamic religion requires that people who want to assume leadership positions acquire adequate knowledge, and that if women aspiring to be president or vice-president are qualified, capable and endorsed by the majority of the people that should be alright. He stated that the Islamic religion considered someone first as a Muslim ahead of his or her gender.

One example of women who have acquired knowledge, experience and attained higher political positions, Sheikh Sharubutu mentioned Members of Parliament (MPs) and Ministers of State with specific mention of Hajia Mahama, who is a Muslim. He added that with the current democratic process, the person who would be chosen should be the choice of the people, adding, “You cannot assume a leadership position without the anointing of Allah.”

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