Seidu Agongo urges Eid to rekindle kindness and love


Businessman and philanthropist Alhaji Seidu Agongo has urged Ghanaians to show greater compassion and generosity during the Eid-ul-Adha festival and beyond. Alhaji Agongo, known for sponsoring thousands in education, skills training, and providing shelter, food, and funds, emphasized that true fulfillment in the worship of Allah is found through giving.


In a media address marking this year’s Eid-ul-Adha, the founder of the now-defunct Heritage Bank Limited highlighted that while generosity should be a daily practice, occasions like Sallah are meant to strengthen humanity’s bond with God and remind them of the importance of sharing, even in small ways.


Alhaji Agongo expressed his hope that both Muslims and Christians would use this time to spread love, compassion, and share any material blessings they have received.


He noted that this year’s economic hardships, marked by rising prices of essentials, have made it particularly challenging for many families to celebrate Eid. Alhaji Agongo stressed that support would be especially meaningful now, as it could bring joy to underprivileged families struggling to afford the special meal associated with the festival.


His call for generosity aligns with the advice of religious leaders. Last week, Malam Abdul Rakib Abubakar, an Imam at the Ashaiman Newtown Junction Mosque, urged Muslims to celebrate Eid within their means due to the economic difficulties. Similarly, last year, economic constraints led many Muslims in the Upper East Region to substitute chicken for the traditional sheep and cattle.


Alhaji Agongo highlighted that such instances show the necessity for those who are able to support the less fortunate during festive times.


He also urged Ghanaians to appreciate and nurture societal diversity, which he described as shaped by our hereditary backgrounds, life experiences, inheritances, and the blessings bestowed by God. “Whether one follows a specific religion or a unique spiritual path, the essence of our existence is to live harmoniously, recognizing the value each person brings to the world. Our diversity is not a barrier but a beautiful tapestry that weaves together a more vibrant society,” he said.


Alhaji Agongo emphasized that these differences should be celebrated as opportunities for growth and strength rather than points of division. “In these trying times, let us remember that our strength lies in our unity. Let us embrace the differences that make us unique and cherish the commonalities that bind us. By doing so, we can create a world where mutual respect and understanding prevail, ensuring that the human race thrives in a spirit of coexistence and harmony,” he added.


Alhaji Seidu Agongo is also the founder of the Class Media Group (CMG), which includes Class 91.3 FM, Accra 100.5 FM, Ho 92.5 FM, CTV, and Dagbon 102.5 FM, among other media outlets nationwide. His philanthropic efforts include paying the fees of hundreds of students at various educational levels and constructing an outpatient block for the Child Emergency Unit of Korle Bu in 2018. Last year, he donated cash to over 1,150 elderly and vulnerable residents of Mepe in the Volta Region affected by the Akosombo Dam spillage disaster.

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