President Nana Akufo-Addo has in an Easter goodwill message extended warm wishes to all Ghanaians as they celebrate what he chose to call a ‘restrained’ Easter following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Ghana.
He said this is the period in which Christians can ponder over the great sacrifice their savior once made to guarantee their salvation and existence on earth, asking them to demonstrate such love for one another’s survival.
“Today is the start of Easter, which, for us Christians, commemorates the unique sacrifice that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, made for our salvation on the cross of Calvary. The season is a good opportunity for all of us to reflect on that ultimate sacrifice, and for each one of us also to make a sacrifice for the sake of humanity’s survival.”
“So, on behalf of my beautiful Rebecca, my children, grandchildren and entire family, and members of Government, I wish you all a joyous and happy Easter, even if a restrained one.”
The President used that opportunity to commend all healthcare providers and workers as well as the security agencies for their selfless efforts to stem the spread of the pandemic.
He reiterated and urged Ghanaians to avoid large family gatherings or any other groupings that will violate the social distancing rules but encouraged the general public to make that sacrifice to observe the Easter in their homes.
This message comes as a reminder to Ghanaians as parts of Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi, the epicentres of the coronavirus in Ghana are still under lockdown after the extension of the restriction on movement directive by one week.
“We are used to attending Easter conventions, making-merry, visiting friends and family, and having a good time. Yes, like a lot of you, I was also looking forward to visiting Kwahu during this time of the year, which I have been doing for several years. However, I am urging all of us to do the exact opposite of what we have been used to for many years.”
In the quest to eradicating COVID-19 from the country, President Akufo-Addo urged all Ghanaians to stay at home and observe all precautionary measures outlined by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service in this period.
“Stay at home. I ask you to keep your distance from your parents, grandparents and extended family, and celebrate this holiday apart. Do not host a big family gathering, and sternly refuse to attend one if you are invited. Your relatives will understand you are doing this out of love for them. Please, make that sacrifice,” he pleaded.
Story by: Stella Dziedzorm | universnewsroom.com