Accra, July 12, GNA - A 283-page memoir titled, “A Gift to a Nation”, chronicling the life and achievements of Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam, has been unveiled in Accra to climax his 100th birthday celebration.
The book documented the life, values and exemplary leadership of Sheikh Dr Sharubutu, for contributing to the peace and unity of the nation and serve as a reference material for the present and future generations to emulate.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia who launched the book encouraged all and sundry, especially the Muslim faithful to emulate the Chief Imam’s principled and selfless nature thus, describing him as an important national asset and a gift to the nation.
He said the National Chief Imam had been a father, whom he had benefitted a lot from, his fountain of wisdom, wise counselling and guidance, saying that he had been a blessing to the nation.
The Vice President said Sheikh Dr Sharubutu, otherwise known as Mallam Osman, is an astute teacher, outstanding leader, untiring unifier and an empathetic philanthropist, who always sought the welfare of others.
Dr Bawumia, who wrote the foreword of the book, admonished other authors in the country to document the life and achievements of other national heroes and heroines for future reference.
He said the Chief Imam had promoted inter-faith dialogue and preached religious tolerance between Christians and Muslims at a time the world was witnessing religious intolerance, with some religious extremists wrecking havoc to humanity, leading to the killing of innocent people in churches and mosques worldwide.
Mr Tamimu Issah, the author of the book, in a brief remarks, said writing a book about an iconic statesman like the National Chief Imam was a daunting task, but he was determined to do so because it would serve a good purpose.
Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu was born on 23rd April, 1919, at Old Fadama, Accra, to Sheikh Nuhu Bin Mohammed Sharubutu, father and Hajia Ayishatu Abbass, mother.
He was born into a family of 12 siblings and has been preaching about peace, unity and religious tolerance, especially between Muslims and Christians.
The National Chief Imam, over the years, has shown exemplary leadership and always kicked against any divisive tendencies between the two major religious groups in Ghana.
He established an Education Trust Fund to support the education of needy children in Muslim Communities and the Nuuru Usmaniya Foundation for Humanitarian Services and Development.
He also engineered the construction of the ongoing National Mosque at Kawo Kudi, Kanda, Accra, being funded by the Turkish Government.
The first five copies of the book was purchased for GHȼ20,000.00 by Alhaji Farouk Gomda, while Vice President Bawumia and former President John Mahama bought copies of the book for GHȼ20,000.00 and GHȼ10,000.00 respectively.