Uphold culture of religious tolerance – President urges Ghanaians

Accra, June 5, GNA – President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday called on citizens to strive to preserve the
envious Ghanaian culture of religious tolerance.

He said the beautiful spectacle of the
religious communities co-existing peacefully in the country ought not be taken
for granted, as the development vision of the nation would come to naught
without peace and stability.

“We must continue to preserve our
culture of religious tolerance,” he said when he joined thousands of
Muslims to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the Independence Square,
Accra.

Led in prayer by the National Chief Imam,
Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharabutu, the Muslims offered prayers to mark the end of
Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that
the nation needed the virtues of good neighnourliness, sacrifice and
Discipline, which Islam required the faithful to cultivate during the month of
Ramadan.

“Each one of us is an integral part of
our nation, and for most parts, we are defined by what our nation stands for.

“We must therefore be prepared to
uphold these virtues to help ensure our nation makes the desired progress,
which will then allow us as citizens to realise our hopes and
aspirations,” he admonished.

The President further urged the Muslim
community to reject extremist among their fold and to continually live at peace
with people of other religions.

He said he was of the belief that the visit
of the national Chief Imam to the Christ the King Catholic Church in Accra as a
gesture of solidarity ought be duly celebrated “because it rarely happened
anywhere else.”

“Today, we are the envy of the world
when it comes to the peaceful coexistence of the different religious
communities.We cannot sacrifice this beautiful way of life for anything, and
certainly, not to people who seek to pervert religious beliefs.

“I urge all of you not to allow
provocative agents destroy our unique way of life,” he stated.

President Akufo-Addo held that though there
had been threats and actual attacks about Christian and Muslim miscreants in
the West African Region, and other parts of the world, “We do not ever
want this phenomenon to occur in our country.”

Even as the security agencies world like to
keep the nation and its citizens safe, he urged that suspicious characters be
reported to the Police for prompt action decisive action.

“I encourage you to report suspicious
characters, who come into your community to take advantage of our
world-acclaimed hospitality to unleash mayhem on our country to the Police.

“Let us also exercise restraint in the
face of provocation, for lack of restraint would only fit into the destructive
plans of these miscreants who seek to destroy in the name of religion,” he
told the gathering.

President Akufo-Addo assured that his
government would ensure that prosperity was brought to the over four million
people who lived in the 1800 Zongo communities across the country.

To that end, he announced that the finance
minister had signed a Commencement Warrant for the Ministry for Inner Cities
and Zongo Development to begin spending on Zongo communities from the Zongo
Development Fund as provided in the 2019 budget.

The development would help resolve the many
issues that bedeviled the Zongo communities, particularly water and Sanitation,
and the rehabilitation of school blocks, and the building of new ones,
provision of desk for Islamic schools, and the rehabilitation of tertiary
drains amongst many other projects.

GNA

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