President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday joined Ghanaian Muslims to mark this year’s Eid ul Fitr at the Black Stars Square in Accra.
Speaking at a ceremony where thousands of Ghanaian Muslims had gathered to mark the end of their 30-day fast, President Akuf-Addo entreated them to be cautious of persons who hide behind religion to perpetuate heinous crimes in society.
He urged the different Islamic groups in the country to work towards peaceful co-existence.
“I urge all Ghanaian Muslims to be wary of ideologues who make a beautiful religion like Islam a selfish and disrespectful religion,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said.
Eid ul Fitr kick-starts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting.
National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, led the ceremonial prayers at the ceremony ground.
President Akufo-Addo said the country could witness the development envisaged by his government if the various religious groups collaborate to preserve the peace of the country.
On the Zongo Development Fund targeted at improving conditions of people in Zongo communities and inner cities, the president hinted that a consultative process would be initiated to decide on the use of the fund.
“I encourage all Zongo residents and persons of inner cities to participate in these consultative forums and contribute ideas that will enable us to fashion out a blueprint that will be acceptable and practicable and which will inure to the benefit of all people,” he said.
The president noted, “it is time we brought prosperity to all parts of our country.”
He expressed confidence this year’s Hajj will be organised without any hitches.
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