He said while Ghanaians had the right to congratulate themselves for peaceful elections, they must also realize that elections imposed on the citizenry an additional responsibility of sacrifice for the country. "Elections are only part of a long and arduous democratic process, a means to an end and not an end in itself. Without sacrifice our dream of building a progressive, happy and prosperous society for ourselves and posterity will be a mirage," Maulvi Adam said.
He said the festival underscored the crucial need for sacrifice in nation building.
Maulvi Adam said Ghana needed to take a cue from countries that had made it to the top not through easy lifestyle and lip service declarations but through sacrifice and hard work.
"Both high profile officials of Government and the ordinary man and woman on the street should therefore brace themselves up for sincere sacrifice today in the service of Mother Ghana in order to reap the dividend tomorrow."
Maulvi Adam tasked Ghanaians to avoid ethnicity, saying that it undermined cooperation and love, which were crucial for peaceful coexistence.
There were prayers for the unity, peace, harmony and prosperity of Ghana as well as the Asia tsunami and other disaster victims in the world.