Akufo-Addo Urges Citizens To Celebrate Xmas Responsibly
The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has counselled Ghanaians to prioritise their safety as they go about celebrating this yuletide.
“I urge all of us to celebrate the season safely and responsibly”, he said in a Christmas message to Ghanaians over the weekend.
Wishing Ghanaians a joyous Christmas season, the President elaborated on the essence of the festival.
“On behalf of the government, my wife Rebecca, the First Lady, my daughters, my grandchildren and the entire family, I send warm greetings and best wishes for the season to all Ghanaians. We join millions across the world in recognising the sense of renewed hope this joyous season brings us to thank Almighty God for his indescribable gift.
“Born in a manger, the lowest of places in the world, Jesus Christ’s life on earth was not defined by the circumstances of his birth. Such was the influence of his time on earth and he’s become the author and finisher of our faith and through him, we have eternal life. That should give each and everyone encouragement for a brighter future irrespective of the difficulties of his or her current situation.”
He called on the privileged to extend helping hands to the underprivileged.
“Those in a more fortunate position, remember to lend a helping hand to those who are in need. Let each one of us do our bit to help feed those who are hungry and offer comfort to those who are in distress.”
President Akufo-Addo likened the economic challenges Ghana has had to deal with to Israel’s captivity in Babylon as recounted by the Bible.
“We had to ride in turbulent storms and we have been faced with the unknown. Indeed there were moments when we doubted our ability to surmount these challenges. I’m happy that in spite of it all, we are beginning to emerge out of the difficulties which encourages me to say that with hard work, dedication and continued prudence in the management of the affairs of our nation, we will rise up again.”
He further implored Ghanaians to draw divine inspiration and guidance from the story of Christmas and “make the sacrifices that will enable us to build the happy, progressive and prosperous Ghana we all desire”.
Recognising that Ghana and its capital is a destination for Christmas holidays for individuals, families and friends across the world, he urged citizens to exhibit hospitality.
“Let us provide the famous Ghanaian hospitality to the thousands and thousands of people who are visiting us this Christmas as our capital Accra and our country Ghana have become an important global destination for the Christmas holidays.”
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini