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Muslims must pray against selfish politicians – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has called on Muslims in the country to use the Holy Month of Ramadan to pray against “self-centered politicians whose utterances highlight our differences” as a people.

According to the former president, it is imperative for religious leaders to pray to protect young people from militant and terror groups, who through fake religious teachings, may indoctrinate and recruit them to commit crimes.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Mahama said, “Ramadan means looking out to guard against people who profit from dividing us; it means guarding against self-centered politicians whose utterances highlight our differences rather than what we have in common as a people; it means protecting our young people from militant and terror groups who through fake religious teachings may indoctrinate and recruit our youth to commit crimes.

“Just as Ramadan epitomises endurance, discipline and moral uprightness, let us as adults, opinion leaders and religious leaders, take the responsibility to inculcate these values in our youth”, the former president posted.

Ramadan is a month when Muslims fast and pray to grow closer to Allah. It’s a time to improve moral character and focus on positivity. Observance is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It can last between 29 and 30 days.

Read the full statement below

As the new crescent moon heralds the holy month of Ramadan, I extend my heartiest wishes to all Muslims in Ghana and the over 1.8 billion adherents of the faith across the world.

The Eid is a period that brings together families, communities and indeed, the entire nation for contemplation and the observance of pious prayer to the Almighty.

It enjoins us to reflect on the mercies of Allah, to forgive one another, and be compassionate and serviceable to each other.

I am proud to have observed over the years that our nation derives her strength from our unity in diversity.

This uniquely Ghanaian identity the world has come to appreciate finds expression in the peaceful and joyous manner in which people of different faiths join hands with our Muslim brothers and sisters to actively participate in Ramadan.

This is why we must do all that we can to remain united with a shared purpose aimed solely at the attainment of our nation’s progress.

It means looking out to guard against people who profit from dividing us; it means guarding against self-centered politicians whose utterances highlight our differences rather than what we have in common as a people; it means protecting our young people from militant and terror groups who through fake religious teachings may indoctrinate and recruit our youth to commit crimes.

Just as Ramadan epitomises endurance, discipline and moral uprightness, let us as adults, opinion leaders and religious leaders, take the responsibility

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