The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa has urged all Ghanaians, especially, Men and Women in Uniform to promote peace, tolerance and mutual co-existence.
He made this appeal in a speech read on his behalf by the Chief Imam of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Lt Col YM Shamsudiin during this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations at the Al-Aziz Central Mosque on Wednesday, 5 June, 2019.
This year’s celebration which was on the theme “Maintaining a healthy spiritual life,” the CDS was also present and acknowledged the Muslim community in GAF for a successful 30 days fasting and urged them to remain firm, resolute and focused in the discharge of their duties.
“Remember therefore that, these spiritual heights attained as a result of this religious exercise would be meaningless if it is not practiced in your daily lives by reflecting in the way you think, act and behave in society,” he said.
The Imam of the Military Academy and Training School (MATS), Sheikh Nurudeen Attuquaye Quaye who led the prayers in his sermon, admonished Muslims to maintain a healthy spiritual life even after the blessed month of Ramadan. He said the spiritual elevations attained as a result of the one-month continuous fasting would bear no fruition if it failed to reflect in their lives, duties, actions and in their moral responsibilities.
He urged all to be mindful of their obligations towards the physical, spiritual and moral upbringing and wellness of their families.
The Chief of Staff (COS), Major General Thomas Oppong Peprah on behalf of the CDS donated 10 bags of rice and four cartoons of cooking oil to the Muslim community at the Al-Aziz Central Mosque in Burma Camp.
Present at the ceremony were the Director General, International Peacekeeping Support Operations (IPSO), Brigadier General Alhassan Issahaku, Chief Staff Officer (CSO) at the Ghana Navy Headquarters, Commodore Issah Yakubu and Director Admin at the Army Headquarters, Col BZ Ayorrogo among others.