On Friday, 21st April, 2022, the Ramadan Iftar (breaking of fast) tour of H. E John Dramani Mahama took a little different turn to do community engagement with the aim of putting smiles on the face of the aged and and physically challenged persons within some major Zongo communities in Accra.
Starting from Mamobi (also known as Alhamdu), the iftar caravan made a whistle stop over at the Ancient Kador Mosque and the Ayawasu East Constituency Office of the NDC, both in Nima, H. E John Dramani Mahama then proceeded to Sabon Zongo in the Ablekuma Central Constituency of the Greater Accra Region where he ended for the day.
It was all joy when H.E JDM arrived at the fully packed Hamburg Mosque in Mamobi where the Imam (Alhaji Hussein) ask for Allah’s protection and guidance on John Dramani Mahama, in return. The Former President handed over some packages to the Senior Citizens of the Mamobi community gathered at the mosque, prominent among the recipients of the Former President’s package is an NDC stalwart and a long serving party faithful popularly known as Commander.
At Nima, the Former President, made a brief stop over at the Kardor Mosque and then to the Ayawaso East Constituency Offfice of the NDC where he replicated the same gestures by putting smiles on the faces of the aged and ulama (clerics) with his rich packages to enable them breake the fast.
The atmosphere was lit when H.E John Dramani Mahama arrived at a suburb of Sabon Zongo, known as Unguwan Makafai (the physically challenged neighborhood). Here, H.E John Dramani Mahama was met with a rousing welcome before his interaction with the Association of Muslim physically challenged persons, where he also replicated his kind gesture and personally handed over packages to the physically challenged persons.
In a short speach, H.E John Dramani Mahama reiterated that, the harsh economic conditions in the country today has made it neccessary for the haves to support the have nots in other to promote the spirit of unity and National cohesion and assured the teaming crowd of the NDC’s commitment, never to turn their backs on the poor and downtrodden in the society. The former president also reminded the people to remember Ghana in their prayers as we approach the last ten days of the Holy month of Ramadan where muslims expect to encounter the powerful Night of forgiveness and blessings known as lailatu-kadir.
The leader and chief of the physically challenged persons prayed to Allah to grant the wishes of H.E John Dramani Mahama and thanked him for remembering them in what they termed the most difficult fasting since the 1983 Famine in Ghana.
Prominent among the former president entourage are Alhaji Muniru Limuna, Alhaji Nasir Shariff (National Executive Committee Member of the NDC) Hon. Yusif Jaja, Hon, Naza Toure and Hon. Dan Lateef.
Executives of National Zongo Caucus of the NDC like Alhaji Cole Younger (the National Coordinator) Alhaji Yahya Kondow, Alhaji Ashkar, Alhaji Mustapha Ibrahim, Alhaji Mohammed Naziru and the Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of the NDC Zongo Caucus, Ismail Horoya were all present to make the tour a successful one.