…wishes President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo well and call for national unity
Ghana’s outgoing President John Mahama on Thursday bid farewell to Parliament, calling for national unity and urging Ghanaians to support the President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo.
In his last State of the Nation Address, he called on Ghanaians to rally behind the incoming administration and wished the incoming President well as he takes over the business of running the country.
“This is why I stand here today, Mr. Speaker, holding the baton of leadership prepared to pass it on with pride, goodwill and determination, to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and ask all Ghanaians to cheer him on as he runs his portion of this relay for Ghana, he said.”
Touting his achievements over the last four years, Mahama told Parliament that history will judge how he perform in office. “I’ll allow history to be the judge of how I’ve served my nation: how well I have done my part in running my lap of that relay. How that verdict will ultimately be, I cannot say, I can only say that I have done my best, given my all and done so with the best of intentions for my God and our country Ghana.”
Political opposition and differences of opinion are vital to the health and growth of a democracy, Mahama said. “Political parties are formed when people of similar ideology come together to move their agenda forward in a way that best serves their country.
“But the wellbeing of the nation and the will of the people must always come first. Partisanship for its own sake, in the end, is no better than dictatorship. If we look around the world, we can so clearly see the deep divide that blind partisanship is creating in nations with democracies far older than ours.”
He concluded: “We can see, too, the divide that it is threatening to create in ours if we are not careful. Already, it has taken a toll on our morale and our sense of optimism. It has given way to a cynicism that is as dangerous to the incoming political party as it was to ours.
“We cannot afford as a nation to wish or hope for the failure of any president and his or her government. Ensuring accountability is not the same as leveling insults or encouraging apathy. We have history as proof that we have been better and we have done better. And we will, we must, do better once again.”
By Michael Sarpong Bruce