Former President John Agyekum Kufour has lauded the leadership qualities of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Shaributu and has called for him to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
According to him, the Nobel Peace Prize is seen as the sign of true leaders and unifiers, hence if there is anyone who deserves it, the National Chief Imam is the best person. He further added that he believes those who have won it comes nowhere near the National Chief Imam.
“If the Nobel Peace Prize is perceived as the hallmark of leadership or of peacemakers, that’s how they see him so he should be entitled. I’m sure the people who have gotten the Nobel prizes may not measure up even half the stature of the National Chief Imam. So I don’t think it’s too much.”
However, Most Revered Palmer-Buckle was also of the view that an award to the National Chief Imam would be a sign that the deepest commitment to religion brings forth peace, and that is what the National Chief Imam represents.
“I wholeheartedly endorse it. Now if the Nobel Foundation could look and accord a person like the National Chief Imam, that recognition of being a unifier, of being somebody who has come to understand the deepest gift of belonging to religion”.
He further added that giving him a Nobel prize will not be only for the benefit of Islam, it would also be for the benefit and good of Ghana. This he said would acknowledge the big role and importance of religion in the political social-economic development of humanity.
Interestingly, The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia also said he even deserves a double Nobel Peace Prize especially as he is a man of peace. He also added that he also concurs to the endorsement made by former President J.A Kuffuor and urged the committee to look at Ghana and choose him as the best person to receive it.
“I think that if there was a double Nobel peace prize then they should give it to him. I really believe that I agree with the former president J.A Kufuor – that is another very wise man that God has gifted this country – that his view that we should have the Chief Imam as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, I’ll endorse that if the people of the Nobel committee will take a look here in Ghana and see the contribution of the National Chief Imam to peace in Ghana it’s amazing.”
The National Chief Imam has received a lot of accolades, awards and honours. His recent one was in 2019. The Poltava University of the Republic of Ukraine conferred a doctorate degree on him.