Ramadan kicked off on Wednesday (May 16) and for others on Thursday. As is usually the case, leaders around the world sent their messages of congratulations, some before and others after the start of the period.
Leaders who are active on social media – Twitter and Facebook – posted their messages on their handles.
These messages centered around the essence of the period and the need for Muslims to make the best out of it whiles engendering peaceful co-existence.
Africa Sahara pools together messages as shared by Non-Muslim African leaders from Botswana to Cameroon, Ethiopia to Kenya, Togo to South Africa amongst others.
On behalf of the people and the Government of Kenya, it gives me great pleasure to send this message of warm greetings, best wishes and solidarity to our Muslim brothers and sisters as they commence the Holy month of Ramadhan.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) May 16, 2018
Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) May 17, 2018
Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa
— Mokgweetsi EK Masisi (@OfficialMasisi) May 17, 2018
Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi of Botswana
— Faure E. Gnassingbe (@FEGnassingbe) May 17, 2018
Faure Gnassingbe of Togo
Ramadan Kareem to all Muslims in Ghana. May this period of fasting and praying strengthen the peace and unity that exists amongst us.
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) May 17, 2018
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana
#Ethiopia: PM #AbiyAhmed wishes all Muslims happy #Ramadan https://t.co/AJ80IxF9YT “I strongly believe that Ramadan will be a month in which you pray for peace, unity and prosperity of Ethiopia,” PM Abiy pic.twitter.com/sR6twgtJpo
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) May 16, 2018
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia