This year’s Easter festival in Ghana was characterised by messages and gestures of peace and unity from both the Christian and Muslim fraternity. Although, the celebrations are celebrated by Christians to mark the death and resurrection of Christ, this year’s Easter happened to have a different touch to it.
Aside the usual sharing of heartwarming messages among the Christian Community, many occasions coincided with the Easter, in a rather unusual manner. All such occasions were used to preach the message of peace and unity among Ghanaians.
On Easter Sunday, which fell on April 19, 2019, the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, joined hundreds of worshipers at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Accra.
The visit by the head of Muslims in the country, aside being a reciprocal gesture, formed part of the Sheikh Sharubutu’s life-long commitment to promoting inter-faith dialogue, and a peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians.
In the Ashanti Region, aside the traditional glitz and glamour at the anniversary celebration of the 20 years reign of the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II, the message of peace and unity also reigned. The King of the Ashanti Kingdom, appealed to political leaders to help build and promote peace and unity among ethnic groups in the country.
Speaking at the occasion of his 20 years of ascension of the Golden Stool, the Asantehene encouraged politicians to nurture the new breeze of peace that the country is enjoying, following the settlement of dispute and eventual enskinment of a new Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II for Dagbon, to do away with rancour, bitterness and violence in political discourse.
He said, “On this holiest days, we send a simple but powerful message to our political leaders; let peace reign upon our nation,”