Who else noticed this gesture? When Samira Bawumia was welcomed in Bole (photos)

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Mrs. Samira Bawumia, the second Lady of the Republic of Ghana was a guest at a colourful Fulani coronation ceremony on Friday.

She had the honour of joining hundreds of Fulani indigenes to witness the eskinment of Alhaji Ali Bargujor as Bargu Fulani chief at Maluwe in the Bole District of the Savannah region.

In her speech, she encouraged them to rally behind their new chief and to remain law-abiding citizens of this country. A rallying cry for discipline especially in this trying times. As the Fulanis have been notorious for alleged thefts and murders all around the country.

Onlookers may have perhaps missed this distinct symbol that was ever present at the ceremony. But the cameras caught this woman displaying this symbol, as they welcomed Mrs Bawumia to the platform.

A man was seen raising one finger in the sky all this time. It’s a well-known sign of power and victory around the world, but it also has a more sinister meaning. This symbol is is known as the tawhid.

In reference to the surah, the tawhid represents “the belief in the oneness of God and a key component of the Muslim religion.” Yet, fundamentally, the interpretation of the tawhid, rejects any other view, including other Islamic interpretations, as idolatry. The gesture affirms an ideology that demands the destruction, as well as any form of pluralism – diversity of knowledge.

The use of such symbols should not be?encouraged especially at a time when the December polls are just around the corner. If NPP sympathizers are publicly displaying their disdain for pluralism, what at all will they do to maintain political power? It is high time tolerance is encouraged in the society, as a diversity of opinions is needed to push Ghana forward. And as Mrs. Bawumia pointed out, the Fulani’s and the Muslim community should not be used as objects for destabilization especially in this election period, but rather they should envisage to be law abiding citizens.

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