Veep Dr. Bawumia Calls For Peace, Love, Genuine Sacrifice & Concern For One Another
| Updated Sep 01, 2017 at 1:56pm
Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia entreated Muslims to use the occasion to show genuine sacrifice, love as well as show concern for one another.
They must also live in absolute peace with themselves and the larger society devoid of violence and any act of immorality.
Alhaji Dr. Bawumia gave the advice in Kumasi when he joined hundreds of orthodox Muslims at the Kumasi Central Mosque at Asawase in their Open air prayers to mark the Eid ul-Adha or the feast of Sacrifice.
Addressing the congregants, Vice President Alhaji Dr. Bawumia reminded the people of the many development programs and projects being rolled out by the government led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with the ultimate aim of improving the well-being of all Ghanaians without any partisan, ethnic or tribal consideration.
The Vice President who was accompanied by the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Elizabeth Agyemang and the Asokore Mampong Municipal Chief Executive, Alhaji Alidu Seidu, pledged to remain steadfast in their determination to build a nation that works for everybody and not a privileged few.
He therefore called on the people to give strong backing to the government as it rolled out its carefully thought out policies and programs to fight poverty and make things better.
The Vice President indicated that education and health development, protecting the environment, job creation, security and bringing down corruption had been made top priorities.
He said there could not be any doubt that the free senior high school (SHS) policy, “which kicks in this month” would bring tremendous relief to parents and expand access to SHS education.
He also made reference to the one district, one factory project and said its successful implementation would help provide jobs and create wealth for the people.
Vice President Alhaji Dr. Bawumia used the occasion to remind all about the need for religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
They should overcome extremism and accept to work together to make the society a better place to live.
He counseled the Muslim youth not to over-indulge in their celebration of the festival, adding that, they should avoid doing anything unlawful.
The Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul-Mumin Haroun, asked the Muslims to soberly reflect on the significance of the festival, to uphold the common good of society.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Peace Council, Professor Seth Opuni Asiamah, expressed regret that despite the peaceful elections last year, the transition and governance so far, the simmering tension among two groups in relation to who really owns the right to operate the Tamale lorry Station at Allabar in Kumasi appears to be threatening the general peace in the Ashanti region.
The situation, Prof. Asiamah cautioned, if not tactfully handled could escalate to undermine the national peaceful atmosphere.
Asantehene’s Sumankwaahene, Baffuor Asabre Kogyawoasu, asked leadership of the Muslims and Zongo communities to impress upon their youth to stop acts that threaten the peace, security and safety of the region and the people.
The festival is one of the two most sacred, observed by the Islamic faithful across the world.
It is held to commemorate the willingness of the patriarch, Ibrahim (Abraham), to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael (Isaac) and in Ghana the day has been declared a public holiday.
The Vice President presented cash and cartons of assorted soft drinks to the leadership and members of the Muslims Community.
The prayers were led by the Deputy Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Zakariya Abdul Rahman.