In a recent development, the National Chef Imam Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu has trashed reports suggesting he is behind the transfer of about 13 Pakistani nationals claiming to be Pakistani preachers in Ghana. The Pakistanis were reportedly seen around the Assin Fosu area of the Central region propagating the Islamic doctrine. The people in the area alerted the police with claims they are extremists. However the Pakistani preachers have maintained that they are only Islamic missionaries.
There have been media reports speculating that the Pakistanis’ stay in the country was backed by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana which is of course headed by the Chief Imam. However the mission has isolated itself from the issue saying it has nothing to do with the activities of the Pakistanis.
The Spokesperson of the Chief Imam Sheikh Aremeyaw has stated categorically that the men are not in the country at the invitation of the Chief Imam. He equally explained that the Imam has never invited people from other countries to embark on Islamic missions in the country.
Sheikh Aremeyaw has also clarified that it is not the first time foreigners are coming into the country to propagate Islamic teachings by preaching to people about issues of spirituality and morality. He however stressed that they pose no threat to national security.
The Pakistani preachers were arrested at Assin Fosu in the Central region on April 1 upon a tip off. They have so far been transferred to the Cape Coast Regional headquarters of the Immigration Service. Though authorities are still investigating on the matter, some findings on the men have explained they pose no threat. However it has not been ascertained as to how they gained access into the country. Ghanaians who are on high security alert, have expressed their discomfort over the presence of the Pakistanis.