President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has lambasted unpatriotic Ghanaians who have been aiding illegal foreigners to cross the country’s borders into the country.
The President expressed his displeasure during his 8th update and address to the nation in the battle against the coronavirus disease.
President Akufo-Addo also used his address to announce a further suspension of all public and social gatherings for another two weeks effective Monday, April 27, 2020 whilst maintaining other existing measures until the country has a firm grip on the movement of the virus.
This, he said, is supported by data and science.
With an example of some recent arrest of some illegal foreigners in the Oti region, the president expressed his displeasure about some unpatriotic act by some selfish Ghanaians who have resorted to aiding infected and illegal foreigners in Ghana for their selfish interests, which could harm the country.
He said, this attitude is more disturbing as several of the West Africans, who have been arrested, have later tested positive for the virus.
“These are unpatriotic acts, and must stop. We cannot continue to allow a few persons, who are motivated by their own selfish, money-making interests, to endanger the lives of the rest of the population. Not only will persons who enter our country illegally be strictly dealt with, but so will Ghanaians who facilitate their entry. As I have said before, being a Ghanaian must mean that we look out for each other,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo appealed passionately to Muslims to stay at home and pray during throughout the period of Ramadan, something the Holy Prophet Muhammed has been advocated for any time there was heavy rain, which portends danger.
“Muslim scholars agree that ‘rain’ represented danger, and, therefore, the prescription for Muslims to stay at home and pray in times of heavy rain is applicable to all life-threatening situations. I, thus, call on all Muslims to heed this prophetic admonishment to pray at home, so we can protect ourselves from the danger of Covid-19. This is in line with the counsel of the wise, devout Muslim scholar, the Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu. I wish all Muslims Ramadan Mubarak,” he said.