President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia have both sent separate greetings to Muslims in Ghana and around the world as they undertake a month-long period of fasting.
President Akufo-Addo said that the month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was revealed and which has been instituted for Muslims to dedicate themselves to God and to the service of humankind. It is a month of intense devotion and commitment to the principles of love, sacrifice and dedication to duty.
He prayed “I pray that in this month and beyond, we strive to live by these values, so that, even beyond Ramadan, we continue to commit ourselves to the good of humankind and our fellow Ghanaians. We have an opportunity to realize our potential as the Black Star of Africa, and it is my belief that the principles that Ramadan seeks to inculcate in Muslims are important for realizing this objective” adding “once again, I wish all Muslims the best of the month. May the Almighty Allah bless us all, and make our nation great and strong.”
On his part Vice President Bawumia saluted Muslims in Ghana and around the world adding that this is a period which heralds the twenty-nine or thirty day period of fasting when Muslims are expected to exercise self-restraint.
Ramadan, he went on “is a period of great sacrifice, patient endurance and gratitude. It inspires in us the common values and experiences we share as human beings. The rich and powerful go through the experience that the hungry and weak go through so that they develop empathy for the weak and hungry and gratitude for the bountiful blessings of God.”
As we mark this auspicious month, he prayed “may we all (Muslims as well as Christians), rededicate ourselves to the universal human values of love, humility, empathy for others and thankfulness for the blessings of God. Let us pray for our dear country Ghana. I wish you a blessed month. May Allah’s peace be upon us all. “