The Wa Traditional Council has described as alien the decision by the family of the late Imam of the Wa Central mosque to reject a funeral donation by the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
It observed that the conduct is not only alien but an affront to the customs and traditions of the area, describing it as very unfortunate.
A statement issued and signed by Wa Na Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV and two others, therefore rendered an unqualified apology to the Vice President for the unfortunate turn of events.
“Our attention has been drawn to a press release issued by the family of the late Imam of Wa Central Mosque, Dr. Suleman
Mahama Haroon Bakuri on 11th September 2020 captioned as above.
We wish to state that the ground on which the family under reference took the decision to reject your generous and well-intended donation to the said family is alien to the customs and tradition of the Wala people and therefore, most unfortunate. The least we should have been doing as a people was to thank you for the so much for your recent visits to the Wala Traditiinal Area in particular and Upper West Region in general.
Your Excellency, we the traditional authorities would want to, on behalf of all the people in Wa, and the Muslim Ummah render an unqualified apology for the unfortunate incident”
It would be recalled that Dr. Bawumia sent a delegation to the family of the late Imam to express his condolences in accordance with Islamic custom, and during the visit, the delegation made a donation to the family on his behalf.
Even though the family welcomed the delegation and also accepted the donation, a press release by the family a few days after said they had decided to return the donation because the Vice President did not attend the funeral – an allegation the spokesperson to the Vice President has described as unfortunate, because neither the President nor the Vice President was informed of the death and the funeral of the Imam, adding that nonetheless, the Vice President acted in good faith and in accordance with Islamic custom by reaching out to the family.
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