BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
THE PRESIDENT, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians, especially the Muslim community to be on the look out for people whose actions breach the security of the nation.
According to the President, the territorial integrity of the country is a shared responsibility of both civilians and the security agencies.
He said this when he joined the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu to celebrate this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr festival at the Independence Square on Friday.
He observed that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance therefore; a constant look out for deviants in the country ought to be the responsibility of all persons including the Muslim community.
“I urge you to be on the look out for trouble makers and hate preachers amongst us. The security agencies will not hesitate to deal with those who incite hate, not even if they do so in the name of Islam or Christianity,” the President stated.
Girl child education
Touching on education, the President also called on the Muslim community in the country to embrace one another irrespective of their differences.
He urged Muslim leaders to take advantage of the various educational policies of the government and ensure that the Muslim girl child is not left out in the quest to educate the youth of Ghana.
Balance in my government
According to him, when it comes to the spirit of living together, “we are the envy of many nations. Today, many Muslim homes will play host to Christian neighbours and friends, as we all eat and drink and share in the glory of God. As a Christian President, I have a Muslim as my Vice President.
“I have a Cabinet made up of Muslims and Christians, and in which both Christian and Muslim prayers are said at every meeting.”
25 years of 4th Republic
President Akufo-Addo recounted that on January 7 this year, “we celebrated 25 years of the 4th Republic, the longest lasting Republic of our history, holding for the first time in our national life on that day an official inter-faith service of commemoration and thanksgiving to God.”
The president said, “Christian and Muslim religious leaders came together to conduct that service, in the presence of the four living Presidents of the 4th Republic, which I, daresay, was a beautiful moment for all Ghanaians. Such arrangements are rare in many countries around the world, and we ought to be proud of ourselves for being capable of doing such things. Even so, we must not be complacent.
Walfare of Muslims
President Akufo-Addo said, “my government remains committed to the welfare of the Muslim community in Ghana.
“The Vice President, that worthy son of Islam, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, continues to engage with Muslim communities around the country, so that we are constantly keeping abreast with the challenges of Muslim communities.”
He told the gathering that, his Vice had just completed his annual Ramadan tour, “that brought him to many of the mosques across all 10 regions of Ghana.”
Inauguration of Zongo Development Fund Board
“I promised you that I was going to set up a Zongo Development Fund to help cater for the development needs of the Zongo communities, as we had promised in the 2016 NPP manifesto,” he reported.
“I am happy to report that the Fund has been set up, and, on Monday, 11th June, I inaugurated its Board, under the chairmanship of a distinguished Muslim, the Chief of Nima, Alhaji Mohammed Farl, popularly called Nii Futa. Already, the Minister responsible for Zongo and Inner-City Development, the hardworking Hon. Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Siddique, Member of Parliament for Madina, has been busy about his mission.
The National Chief Imam led the prayers after which he delivered his sermon. In his message, the Chief Imam admonished his fellow Muslims to continually fear Allah and submit to him.
He appealed to Muslims to remember the auspicious nature of the occasion, and the spiritual success they have attained at the end of 30 days of fasting.
“The virtues you have been able to embark on must shine in full glory and continue to shine in the subsequent months ahead of us,” the Chief Imam said.
He added that “these virtues of nobility and human dignity have been made abundantly clear in the Holy Quran and the hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. Therefore, do not be unmindful of them as you celebrate with joy and happiness the Eid-ul-Fitr day,” the Chief Imam said.