Akufo Addo, Ex-Presidents Confer …As Prez Taps Into Predecessors’ Wisdom


By Frank Amponsah

Ghana is charting a new path of unity towards the growth and development agenda of the people with the three living former presidents leading this great course.

Yesterday, the country witnessed a historic moment when ex-presidents President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo invited the three former presidents, Excellences, Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, and John Dramani Mahama to the meeting at the presidency. Its purpose was to seek their views on some governance-enhancing measures his administration intends to take.

It would be recalled that in his Inaugural speech last Saturday, January 7, 2017, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am in the unique position of being able to draw on the wisdom and experience of three former Presidents of the Republic, their Excellences Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama. They represent the continuity of the institutions of our Republic, for which we thank God.”

This statement was reiterated in the President’s message to Parliament on the State of the Nation, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, where he said that “I am in the enviable position of being the first Ghanaian leader to be able to draw on the experiences of three living, former Presidents. This should, definitely, enrich my tenure of office.”

True to his words, the meeting, which lasted for two hours, was held in a good atmosphere, one of frank exchanges and mutual respect and President Akufo Addo said he intends to have further meetings with the three former Presidents in the future.



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