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Mahama Calls For National Reflection On Independence Day

Former President John Dramani Mahama is calling on Ghanaians to reflect on the journey of the nation, as it goes through difficult times.
In an Independence Day message to Ghanaians, the leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said the day provided an opportunity “to reflect as a people bound by a shared destiny on the journey of our great nation, even as we face avoidable tribulations of economic hardship, uncertainty, and a crisis of leadership.”

He asked Ghanaians to acknowledge the struggles that have shaped the lives of the people over the years.

“Let us remember the inspirational and visionary leaders who kindled in our hearts the flame of hope for a better Ghana and the sacrifices of our forebears led by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who enabled us to embrace and embody the theme for today’s celebration, “Our democracy, Our pride.””, he stated.

Mr. Mahama lamented over the state of Ghana currently, indicating that, “this is undoubtedly not the Ghana we want or the country our forebears sacrificed their lives for. We cannot turn a blind eye to the stark similarity between a colonial power that gunned down our people and today’s leaders who preside over the murder of innocent civilians who stepped out to vote and strengthen our democracy.”

Enumerating some of the current problems facing the country, Mr. Mahama said, “High unemployment, thousands of our youth trooping out of the country in search of better opportunities, and rampant corruption have rendered us all poorer and unable to pay our debts!”.

Titling his message, ‘Ghana deserves better’, Mr. Mahama opined that, “Our nation deserves quality leadership, better governance and accountability, and a strong economy that creates opportunities for all, not just a few.”

“We must make progress and build a better society for ourselves. We must hold on to hope, determination, and a collective will to overcome and build the Ghana we want for ourselves and future generations,” he encouraged Ghanaians.

He projected that, “With the right leadership, we shall turn our fortunes around and put Ghana back on track as the Black Star of Africa, as envisioned by those who sacrificed their lives to give us this precious gift of freedom,” wishing the nation, Happy Independence Day!

Source : Ruth Adjorlolo

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