President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday expressed the Government’s appreciation to Muslims for their sacrifice to the national development process.
Addressing a congregation of Muslim faithful at the Independence Square in Accra to mark Eid-ul-Adha, President Mills asked: “What sacrifices can we make in order to help build a Better Ghana?”
He said the celebration was meant for sacrifice and appealed to Ghanaians to consider what sacrifices they could make in the nation’s efforts to build a Better Ghana.
President Mills said the celebration was a process of self denial, sacrifice and spiritual cleansing, so that the faithful would be in a position to enjoy the bounteous blessings of Allah.
He called for prayers for Muslims that were on the Hajj in Mecca.
President Mills thanked the leadership for the high sense of tolerance and intervention to ease the problems of this year’s Hajj and gave the assurance that the “mistakes” that were committed would not happen again.
Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharabutu, National Chief Imam, who said prayers for peace and national progress, also asked Muslims to be mindful of their constitutional role, rights and responsibilities.
“We should also try to appreciate and acknowledge the government’s efforts of creating a congenial atmosphere for good governance.
“We should also be aware of the government’s efforts at addressing the imbalance in the recognition of the status of Muslim communities.”
The National Chief Imam appealed Muslims to explore ways, in the spirit of sacrifice, to improve the lives of people in their communities.
He called on Muslims to support and be engaged in the war against malaria.