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Ghana’s National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu has re-echoed the call for forced and early marriages that prevent girls from realizing their potential in life to be stopped.
Graphic online reports that Chief Imam said such practices were not only immoral but also harmful to the development of young people, particularly girls.
He said girls, and for that matter women, had a critical part to play in the development of any nation and, therefore, forcing them to marry at tender ages was backward and an affront to the rights of young girls.
Sheikh Sharubutu said this when the leadership of Plan International Ghana paid a courtesy call on him at his residence in Accra.
Sheikh said further that every child deserved the right to self-development, and for that matter society had a responsibility to ensure that girls were given the needed support to develop their potential.
According to him, Islam, as a religion, prioritised the welfare and rights of women and, therefore, abusing such rights was not Islamic.
He said ending forced and child marriages would enable young girls to acquire higher education and employable skills that would enable them to become economically independent to contribute to national development.
He advised Muslim youth to strive for knowledge, which he said formed part of the central theme of Islam, and not allow themselves to become instruments of violence in the hands of people, especially politicians, during elections.
Sheikh Sharubutu commended Plan International Ghana for working towards eliminating forced and early marriages from the country.