The National Chief Imam, His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu on Tuesday April 23, 2019 celebrated his 100th birthday an age which is difficult to achieve in recent times.
Several reasons have been assigned to the long life of the Chief Imam who continues to soldier on even after 100 but Alhaji P. A. Khuzeima M. Osman who is the biological grandson and Personal Assistant of the Muslim leader has dropped hints of why Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu in the midst of other challenges is still alive.
“If you want to have long life one is to give a lot alms. Give money to people who need it most. Tie bonds of kingship and friendship. Reach out to your family members both external and internal, observe five Daily prayers as directed by Allah Sallallahu alayhi wa Salam (SAW)”, he disclosed to Paul Adom Otchere on Good Evening Ghana.
Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu was 74 when he was handed the position of the National Chief Imam in 1993 putting him in the limelight thereafter.
Dr. Sharubutu was born in Old Fadama in April 23, 1919. His ancestors are of Hausa ethnicity from Northern Nigeria. Most members of present-day Hausa communities in Ghana trace their ancestry to Hausa traders in Cola nut and livestock who established thriving communities in Dagbon, Gonja, Nkoranza and Ashanti.
His ancestors however, were not traders. The British in the 1900 Asante War of Resistance led by Yaa Asantewaa relied on local West African mercenaries to fight on their behalf. Hausa and Senegalese soldiers were recruited to hunt and confiscate the Golden Stool of the Ashanti kingdom. After the war, the Senegalese soldiers settled in Cape Coast whiles the Hausa soldiers settled around 37 Military Hospital.