President Nana Akufo-Addo has extended his warm wishes to Ghanaians as they celebrate what he tagged as a ‘restrained’ Easter following the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Ghana.
In his message, he asked the citizenry to use the period to ponder over the sacrifice needed for the continued existence of mankind.
“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.”
He also extended a special Easter goodwill message to the “amazing health workers and to the members of our security agencies for their patriotic efforts”, as the country combats the spread of COVID-19.
This message comes as a reminder to Ghanaians as Accra and Kumasi, the epicentres of the coronavirus in Ghana are still under lockdown following an extension of the restriction on movement directive by one week.
He encouraged the general public to “make that sacrifice” to observe the Easter in their homes.
“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.”
“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.