9:55, 22.Jan 2019
Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has been enstooled as Nkabomhene – chief of unity – by the chiefs and people of Menji in the Tain District of the Bono Region.
Dr Bawumia’s enstoolment is in recognition of his enduring crusade for unity and peaceful co-existence of persons with different religious backgrounds.
The leaders of the Muslim community also conferred a special award on the vice-president for his ongoing efforts in championing the cause of the poor and underprivileged.
At a mini-durbar organised by the chiefs in conjunction with the Muslim community which took place at Menji near Nsawkaw on Monday, 27 May 2019, the vice-president was conferred with the honours after he joined the Muslim faithful to perform the Zuhr prayers at Menji, as part of his annual Ramadan tour.
Speaking on behalf of the chiefs, the Gyaasehene of Menji, Alhaji Amadu Bamba, said Dr Bawumia’s quest to ensure peace and unity among persons of different religious beliefs, which is reflected in his annual Ramadan Tour, is a sign of his peaceful nature.
"The revolution that has occurred in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca since Alhaji Dr Bawumia became Vice-President is also remarkable," Alhaji Bamba indicated, adding: “Although I have been to Mecca before, I want to prepare and go again because of the good things I’m hearing. Those who have gone since you came into office say that unlike the past, now they don’t hustle to get food but are now fed very well."
“In appreciation of his quest for peace, unity and national cohesion, and the great work he is doing for the nation as Vice-President, the chiefs of Menji and Tain are enstooling him, with the stool name of Nkabomhene,” Alhaji Bamba noted.
The Muslim Ummah also presented a special award to Dr Bawumia for his contribution to the development of the Muslim community in Tain and the nation at large. A citation accompanying the award read in part: “An Inspiration to the Musilm Ummah - Until your Excellency emerged onto the Ghanaian political landscape to the coveted position of the Vice President, the hope of the Muslim Ummah had dimmed and was being toyed with in a game of political ping-pong...
“The Zongos and the downtrodden shall forever be identified with your Excellency and the NPP for giving ample meaning to social intervention such as the Free SHS, as your commitment to the imperatives of the nation’s constitution far departing from any political gimmick.
“The people of Menji in the Bono Region and indeed all the Muslim Ummah pray fervently for your Excellency and your government success in the commitment to uplift our deprived communities to a shared and equitable national development.”
Dr Bawumia expressed his appreciation to the chiefs and people, and pledged to work even harder to help fulfil President Akufo-Addo’s vision for the nation.