TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Sunday held a national prayer session ahead of the 76th commemoration of Indonesia’s independence at the Bogor Presidential Palace. The President cited that religious leaders have a large role in the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I would like to convey my greatest gratitude for the attempts, assistance, and support from ulemas, religious figures, and preachers who consistently encouraged people to adhere by the health protocol, help accelerate the mass-vaccination, and the public guidance to survive tough times,” said Jokowi.
He then gave a speech regarding Indonesia’s independence, which he insists is the fruit of the country’s spirit of unity and believes that this spirit will remain within the Indonesian society in facing the challenging times presented by the global pandemic.
“I believe the spirit of togetherness and mutual cooperation (gotong royong) inherited by Indonesia’s founding fathers will always stay with us like a fire that constantly burns,” he said.
The virtual remembrance was attended by the Syarif HIdayatullah Islamic State University (UIN) professor Said Agil Husin Al Munawar and prayers were led by Habib Muhammad Luthfi bin Ali bin Yahya who was accompanied by five other interfaith religious leaders.