Let’s end acrimony along ethnic, political lines – Prez


President John Dramani Mahama has underscored the need for Ghanaians to bury the acrimonious past and live together as one people, working for the good of the country.

“Whether NDC or NPP; Kusasi or Mamprusi; Alavanyo or Nkonya; Andani or Abudu, we are one people and must not succumb to divisions” he said.

The President made the call at a memorial service in Accra put together by Action Chapel Internationa and the South African Embassy in Ghana in memory of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5, last year.

Held at the Action Chapel, the service received high patronage from former President Jerry Rawlings, politicians, members of the Diplomatic Corps and Christians from other churches who joined the congregation of the host church to celebrate the life of the late South African leader.

President Mahama said the South African situation, where Mr Mandela and the Black population never allowed the evils of apartheid to push them into revenge, was worth emulating by Ghanaians and, indeed, the people of other African countries.

“Apartheid was the most inhuman form of governance the world ever witnessed, yet Mr Mandela sought reconciliation.

“We should not just eulogise this great African leader but learn from his life,” Mr Mahama said.

The President made reference to the sacrifices the late South African leader made for his nation and said it was important that Africa emulated the example.

Recalling a recent statement by the Council of State that the level of patriotism on the-part of Ghanaians had waned, the President indicated that the issue needed to be taken seriously by all in order to correct the wrongs in society.

Mr Mahama rejected claims by some people that apartheid was defeated through dialogue insisting that it was the arms struggle that forced the apartheid leaders to go to the negotiating table with the African National Congress (ANC).

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