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DON’T ENTERTAIN AGENTS PROVOCATEURS: LET’S CLING TO THE GHANAIAN WAY OF LIFE, AKUFO-ADDO URGES

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians not to allow agents provocateurs to destroy the country’s unique way of life, especially in the face of threats and actual attacks by Christian and Muslim miscreants in the West African subregion and other parts of the world.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians not to allow agents provocateurs to destroy the country’s unique way of life, especially in the face of threats and actual attacks by Christian and Muslim miscreants in the West African subregion and other parts of the world.

 

“We do not ever want this phenomenon to occur in our country,” he said. “While the security agencies work to keep all of us safe, I encourage you to report suspicious characters who come into your communities to take advantage of our acclaimed hospitality to unleash mayhem on our country to the police.”

The President gave the charge yesterday speaking at the Independence Square, where he joined hundreds of Muslims to celebrate this year’s Eid ul-Fitr.

Applauds Hamile’s vigilance

He commended two residents of Hamile in the Upper West Region for their vigilance, which helped foil a potential attack on the town’s Roman Catholic church.

“I applaud the vigilance of Messrs Gregory Bangbeme and George Bonfodong, members of the Roman Catholic church in Hamile, in the Upper West Region, who, together with the church leaders, alerted the police about the presence … of an armed person who turned out to be a national of our neighbouring country Burkina Faso,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo further called for restraint in the face of provocation, arguing that “a lack of restraint will only feed into the destructive plans of these miscreants, who seek to destroy in the name of religion”.

Peaceful coexistence

In order for all communities to benefit fully from his government’s development agenda, the President called on all to help maintain the peace in the country.

“Today, we are the envy of the world when it comes to the peaceful coexistence of different religious communities.
“I believe the visit of the National Chief Imam to Christ the King Church to meet with Father Campbell, its parish priest, as a gesture of solidarity, should be duly celebrated. The BBC and other international news networks carried this singular act because it rarely happens anywhere else,” he said.

The President noted with satisfaction how leaders of the main Christian churches in Kukuom in the Ahafo Region recently joined Vice-President Bawumia at the mosque during his Ramadan tour.

The Darkuman branch of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church also dedicated last Saturday as “Muslim Relations Day”. All the congregants dressed like Muslims and later in the day they served fruit to worshippers at a mosque close to the church.

“These and many more beautiful spectacles that unfold in our country should not be taken for granted,” President Akufo-Addo said. “We must continue to work to preserve our culture of religious tolerance.
“We cannot surrender this beautiful way of life for anything, and certainly not to people who seek to pervert religious beliefs.”

Zongo development

The President also disclosed that a commencement warrant has been signed for the Ministry of Inner-City and Zongo Development to begin spending on zongo communities from the Zongo Development Fund allocation in the 2019 Budget.

The provision of water systems, rehabilitation of school blocks and building of new ones, provision of desks for Islamic schools, and the rehabilitation of tertiary drains, among many other projects, he argued, will help resolve some of the many challenges that beset Ghana’s zongo areas.

The President said that officers of the Zongo Development Fund, based on the many requests they have received from across the zongo communities, have already translated the commencement warrant into actionable projects. He gave guests at the festivities his assurance that work on these projects will start very soon.

End of fasting

President Akufo-Addo congratulated the Ummah of Ghana and, by extension, the entire Muslim population of the world for braving the pangs of hunger and thirst for an entire month.

“Besides the spiritual attainment of the month, you deserve commendation for the strict disciplinary code that you have adhered to throughout the period,” he said.

“I pray that Allah accepts our collective prayers, continues to shower His grace, mercies and peace on our nation, and makes her great and strong.”