Nkwanta South: Muslims Lament The Effect Of Curfew Hours And Appeal For Reduced Hours

The Muslim community in the Nkwanta South Municipality of the Oti Region has expressed concerns about the curfew hours enforced by the government in response to recent security threats in the area.

The curfew, which prohibits mobility between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., has substantially impacted the community's ability to conduct daily prayers and other religious activities.

Speaking to Rainbow Radio's Samali Abdul Razak at this year's Eid al-Adha celebration in Nkwanta South, the Municipal Chief Imam, Sheikh Amara Ture, expressed frustration over the restrictions, which have disrupted their normal routines and made it difficult for them to observe their religious obligations.

According to him, many mosques in the area have had to adjust their prayer schedules to accommodate the curfew hours, leading to decreased attendance and participation in religious activities.

In addition to affecting their religious practices, Sheikh Amara stated that the curfew has also negatively impacted the community's social and economic activities.

He explained that many businesses owned by members of the Muslim community in the area are forced to close early or operate at reduced hours, leading to financial losses and economic hardship.

The Chief Imam, therefore, called on the government to reconsider the curfew hours and work with local authorities to find a solution that allows the Muslim community to practice their religion and carry out their daily activities without unnecessary restrictions.

Some Muslims commenting on the effect emphasized the importance of religious freedom and the need for the government to respect the rights of all citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs.

They expressed hope that as the community of Nkwanta South continues to navigate the challenges posed by the curfew, a resolution will be reached that allows them to practice their faith and live their lives without unnecessary limitations.

Meanwhile, the MP for the area, Geoffrey Kini, has urged residents to continue engaging in dialogue to ensure lasting peace.

He noted that peace in the municipality can only be guaranteed when the community continues to accord with one another and lays down their tools to give peace a chance.