President John Mahama
The country’s economic melt-down had serious effects on the celebrations of the Eid-Ul-Fitr with most Muslims either shelving the pomp and pageantry aspect of the celebration or just cutting their coat according to their cloth in respect of the celebration.
There was not the usual widespread fanfare associated with the celebration of the festival, with the atmosphere of most of the Muslim communities in the nation’s capital that DAILY GUIDE visited, very quiet.
Visits by DAILY GUIDE saw most of the youth sitting quietly together in their vicinities.
This reporter visited communities like Sukura, New Fadama and Darkuman yesterday and the atmosphere as at 4:00pm was generally quiet.
At Darkuman Mosque areas, DAILY GUIDE bumped into some youth who were seen quietly sitting in front of some closed shops.
When DAILY GUIDE enquired from them whether they were not going to celebrate the Eid-Ul-Ftir, one of them, who did not want his name to be mentioned, said they had already finished celebrating the Eid-Ul-Fitr, adding that it was a low-keyed one with immediate family members sharing some food together and not with extended family members or friends as has always been the case.
‘In today’s Mahama’s Ghana, one cannot afford to have flamboyant celebration,’ one of the youth told DAILY GUIDE.
According to the one who did want to have his name mentioned, the economic situation was having serious effect on the finances of most Muslim families, adding that he had a family friend at Kasoa who during every Eid-Ul-Fitr invited him for a get together at his residence but when he called him to find out whether the usual get together would come off yesterday, the family friend pretended to be sick.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr
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