Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - Following the death of Cheich Aimah Boikary Fofana, President of the Higher Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs (COSIM) in Ivory Coast, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have, in a collective statement, expressed their condolences and spiritual closeness to the Muslim community. Cheick Boikary died on Sunday May 17 in Abidjan at the age of 77.
A great figure of interreligious dialogue in Ivory Coast, Cheick Aimah Boikary Fofana, affectionately known as Aboubacar Fofana, was for a long time director of human resources in a large local bank.
Imam Boikary Fofana played a key role in structuring modern Islam in Ivory Coast. He is also credited for giving the Muslim community a real dynamism over the past four decades, notably by promoting the emergence of many viable community associations.
Ivorian Head of State, Alassane Ouattara highlighted he was a great man of faith, an artisan of peace and dialogue between religious faiths. (S.S.) (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 26/5/2020)