Muslims in some communities of Accra have stated that although praying at home alone during the month of Ramadan was unpleasant, the President’s directives were also useful as it will prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“Ideally praying as a group during the month of Ramadan consolidate our gains as Muslims, but under the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, we just have to cope up with the situation until it improves, Alhaji Mohammed Aziz said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his eighth television broadcast to the Nation on Sunday evening, gave an update on government’s efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus in Ghana.
He said among other things that in a consultation meeting with the Council of State and other key stakeholders.“I have, accordingly, by Executive Instrument, extended for another two (2) weeks the suspension of all public and social gatherings, as set out in E.I 64 of 15th March 2020, effective tomorrow, 1 am, Monday, 27th April”.
The President also appealed to Muslims to stay home during the Ramadan period to do what he described as “analogical deduction,” as the breaking of the Ramadan fast is an intensely social activity in Muslim communities.
He also issued a directive of mandatory wearing of face masks at all public places, adding, “We should all familiarise ourselves with them, and apply them, as the Regional Coordinating Councils of the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Central Regions are demanding of their residents.”
A GNA visit to Accra Newtown, Nima and Maamobi revealed that most of the Muslims were not too happy, praying at home alone in the month of Ramadan, but were quick to add that the President’s directive was reactive to the current situation that Ghanaians found themselves.
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