An aspiring National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer aspirant, Mr Nurideen Iddrissu, has called on Ghanaians to make unity and sacrifice the focus of Ghana’s development agenda.
In a statement to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Adha, Mr Iddrisu, 43, said the values of unity and sacrifice must be seen in every area of national life and, therefore, called on Ghanaians to always put the interest of the country above their parochial concerns.
He noted that Eid-ul-Adha is a festival of sacrifice for Muslims to mark Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to obey the command of Allah to sacrifice his only son, adding that the values underpinning the festival went beyond religious considerations and cut across every facet of human life.
The Banker and Oil & Gas Consultant, therefore, charged Ghanaians to obey the laws of the state and commit to sacrifice for the sake of the country’s development.
Unity and purpose
“Unity of purpose, obedience and sacrifice are the values underpinning this great festival and as Muslims observe the day, all Ghanaians, no matter their religious affiliation, gender, beliefs, age, and creed must observe these canons for the purpose of developing this country,” he said.
Mr Iddrissu added that “Sacrifice is when leaders give their all, not for themselves but for the sake of the development of our dear country. Sacrifice is when contracts are signed, policies are formulated and implemented without a single thought of what the individual will gain or whether or not he/she will win the next election”.
To Muslims in Ghana and around the world, he said: “Once again another year has come. Happy Eid-ul-Adha to you all, particularly to our National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharabutu. May Allah bless you all. I congratulate you all on an occasion as important as this”.
He pointed out that Eid-ul-Adha is a great festival of sacrifice for all Muslims marked in remembrance of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to obey the command of Allah to sacrifice his only son but the lessons from it cut across religious boundaries, cultural beliefs or political considerations.
Pilgrimage to Hajj
Mr Iddrissu said the fact that the festival was celebrated shortly after the pilgrimage to Hajj, which is a reunion of all Muslims in Mecca, was a point of unity which could not escape attention.