Professor Mutharika was speaking at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe during thanks giving prayers for 53rd year Independence celebrations.
Said Mutharika: “Time has come for us, as a people, to be tolerant and forget about our differences. The prayers were organised to thank God for the bumper harvest after the country had gone through tough times in the past two years. We, therefore, have all the reasons to thank the almighty God for remembering the country.”
The Malawi Leader said the clocking of 53 years without fighting is clear testimony that Malawi is a peaceful country.
“However there are some ill-minded people who always want to disrupt the country’s peace and stability. This has to stop. Let us learn to love this country and try all we can to speak good about Malawi,” said Mutharika.
On this point, the President said his government will ensure that Malawians continue enjoying the fruits of this nation through development programmes.
The event started with a service of prayers by the members of the clergy. In their sermons, the clergy prayed for various spheres affecting the nation such as socio-economic challenges among other areas.
The prayers fall under the theme: “Thanking God for a season of plenty”