Mahama Commends Ghanaians For Religious Tolerance

President John Dramani Mahama on Friday commended Ghanaians for exhibiting high level of tolerance despite their religious differences.
He said placing themselves above political and religious partisanship was what was keeping them together in all the corners of the country.

President Mahama gave this commendation when he addressed Muslims at the Eid-ul Adha celebration at the Black Star Square in Accra.

Eid-ul-Adha signifies the sacrifice of the Prophet Abraham who was the father of monotheistic faith and was ready to do the will of Allah by accepting to sacrifice his only son Ismail to the glory of Allah.

It is also the season that the rich demonstrate their love by sharing the animals they kill to the less privileged in the society.

President Mahama noted that the peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Christians all over the years was a gift from God.

“We as Ghanaians do not have to take this for granted. In Ghana we should count ourselves lucky for enjoying permanent peace over the years and we should not do anything that will take that glory from us,” he said.

On elections, President Mahama appealed to Muslims to distance themselves from election-related violence that could destabilise the democracy the country was enjoying.

He called for special prayers for former President Aliu Mahama who he explained had been hospitalised and therefore could not attend this year’s programme.

President Mahama requested for special prayers for Muslims who were on pilgrimage, adding: “We need to pray for their successful pilgrimage and safe return to join us.”

Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharabutu, National Chief Imam called for peace and unity among Muslims and other religious bodies.

He appealed to Muslims to demonstrate their love for the needy through sharing so that they could also feel part of the celebration.
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