Tamale based citizen-diplomacy group, Khuda Rakkah Indian Group has dismissed growing rumours in the Tamale Metropolis that it is secretly introducing a new religion in the city.
The group says it is only aimed at promoting the relationship between Ghana and India and lobby support programs for its members and the Northern Region from the Indian government.
Rumours are growing in Tamale that the group is subtly introducing Buddhism to its members by promoting and practicing the teachings of the religion during its meetings at the Tamale Center for National Culture.
However, speaking to journalists at a Yoga event to celebrate International Yoga Day on Sunday, Secretary of the association, Saani Mohammed Lukman said that it was completely untrue that they are introducing a new religion to its members because most of them are either practicing Muslims or Christians.
“For sometime now, there has been a bad notion that the Indians have come to introduce to us their form of religion” he said.
“I can state unequivocally that nobody has introduced any form of religion to us and nobody can do that to us. We are Muslims and Christians and there’s nothing that can shift” Mr Lukman noted.
The International Yoga Day is celebrated on the 21st of June every year to spread awareness about the benefits of yoga.
The idea for the day was proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the 69th session of the General Assembly in 2014.
The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Sugandh Rajaram underscored the importance of Yoga, towards enhancing personal well-being and maintaining good relationships among all humans.
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu highlighted the support the Government of India has offered Ghana and called for the need for such relationship to continue.
The Mayor of Tamale, Sule Salifu and the Divisional Chief of the Choggu Traditional Area were among dignitaries who graced the occasion.
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