Win Or Lose, Were Ghanaians

President Mahama and Uhuru Kenyata in a hearty chart with opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo after the independence parade yesterday

President John Dramani Mahama has said that Ghanaians ought not to forget the struggles and sacrifices made by the country’s forbearers to attain independence, calling for unity among Ghanaians.

According to the President, political differences should not divide the people.

“We cannot encourage conversations and activities that are meant to discourage us, to divide us, to weaken our morale or limit our potential in this particular moment,” he said.

He stated that the citizens gather each year to celebrate Ghana’s Independence and that must not to be taken for granted.

“The struggles and sacrifices that were required to gain us our liberty must never ever be forgotten,” he noted.

President Mahama disclosed this while addressing a parade of school children and security personnel at the Black Stars Square in Accra to mark Ghana’s 59th Independence Day celebration on the theme, ‘Investing in the Youth for Ghana’s Transformation.’

It was attended by the President of Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

Also in attendance were Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur and his wife Matilda, former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, former President John Agyekum Kufuor and the main opposition leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The President also had a chat with Nana Addo and acting NPP Chairman Freddie Blay.

President Mahama stated that “we are the ones that must ensure there is liberty in our land.

“It our responsibility to safeguard our independence so that the nation that we leave for our children to inherit will also be peaceful and democratic… We must bear in mind that in some years to come these children who marched here today will be depending on our attitudes and our actions.”

President Mahama indicated that the successes and failures of Ghana belonged to the citizens because the “country is for all of us and we can each choose to play a role, no matter how seemingly minor, in moving the nation forward.

He said although more work remained to be done in the face of differing political views on the best way to do that work, Ghanaians must use those discussions to strengthen who they are as one nation and find solutions to the challenges that confronted the nation.

President Kenyatta, in a speech, said the event offered an opportunity to take stock of what had been achieved and what needed to be done.

Insisting that Ghana-Kenya relations dated back to the fifth Pan African Congress of 1945, the Kenyan President said Africa was making a deliberate shift to boost intra-Africa trade and that it was necessary to continue to work together to maximise trade between the two countries which continued to record steady growth.

President Kenyatta said that Kenya was open for business, disclosing that visa requirements between the two countries were non-existent while Kenya Airways had daily flights to Accra.

On terrorism, the Kenyan President said that terrorist attacks must not become the norm but the exception.

He stated that “as we continue to cooperate and heighten our anti-terrorism efforts, let us remind ourselves of the challenges we must confront if we are to preserve the gains of our independence and the values of democracy”.

President Kenyatta argued that the two countries must come together to defeat the enemy that was threatening the people of the respective countries.

He said peace and security were crucial in the economic growth of both countries.

Journalists Bussed In Truck
Apart from students who collapsed as a result of the scorching sun, the highlight of the event was when journalists climbed onto a tipper truck in order to carry out their task.

Journalists accredited to cover the event had the shock of their lives when they were asked to climb the tipper truck to be conveyed round the venue to take photos and videos of the President’s inspection of the parade and lighting of the perpetual flame.

The pictures of the journalists in the truck went viral on social media, with people making critical comments.

Some of the journalists were angry at the gesture but still had to hop on the truck to get the job done.

Security personnel, according to some of the journalists, did not allow them to get close to some of the activities at the parade grounds.

The most dangerous part was when they had to get onto the truck with a ladder which looked extremely precarious.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson 

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