The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has called on African leaders to promote good governance in the continent.
He made this call on Monday at the 58th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“We have a great battle to fight and win. That is the battle to provide our people with a good quality of life,” he said.
He, however, advocated the need for the provision of free and qualitative education from cradle to secondary school.
“I have no hesitation whatsoever in asking all African countries to adopt the policy of free compulsory education from Kindergarten to Senior High School,” he added.
The Ghanaian leader believes the fight against corruption is one that must be won in order to improve the lives of the African people.
“For us to build a continent and meet the aspirations of the African people, we must characterize our budgetary arrangements to ensure that funds are available to strengthen key institutions of the state such as the legislature, judiciary, the school institution among others.”
Akufo-Addo also charged African leaders to embrace the principles and democratic accountability, rule of law, human rights, individual liberty and freedom, which he noted were the bedrock of Africa’s development and individual prosperity.
President Muhammadu Buhari has offered heartfelt condolences to President Nana Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana on the gas explosions in the Legon suburb of Accra on Saturday.
In a telephone call on Sunday, President Buhari prayed for those who lost loved ones and friends in the tragedy and a speedy recovery for the injured.
He told his Ghanaian counterpart that his personal thoughts and prayers, as well as that of all Nigerians, are with the Ghanaians as they mourn their loved ones.
President Buhari also prayed that Ghanaians, who are known for their extraordinary strength and resilience, will overcome the disaster and rise above the losses the country had suffered in recent times from gas-related explosions.
According to a statement signed on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, President Akufo-Addo thanked his Nigerian counterpart for his kind words.
President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, says he is very delighted to see President Muhammadu Buhari back in Nigeria from his medical leave.
This comes more than three weeks after President Buhari returned to the country, after spending over 100 days in the United Kingdom.
Since he returned on August 19, President Buhari has been receiving congratulatory messages from leaders within and outside the African continent.
President Akufo-Addo, who was in Nigeria on a brief state visit with his Nigerian counterpart, said, “I came from Accra today (Tuesday) to visit my senior brother, President Buhari.”
“All of us have been very anxious about his well-being and it was very good news, that he had returned.
“As an African, I have to come and see for myself how he was. I am very delighted to see that he is back; very vigorous as always, very engaging on the issues of our day.”
– Nigeria Is Well –
Briefing State House correspondents shortly after a brief meeting with President Buhari, the Ghanaian leader said they discussed issues relating to both countries, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He thanked the President for the warm welcome he received, saying he would go back to his country to tell his people Nigeria is well.
“We had a good half an hour together, reviewing matters both in Ghana and Nigeria as well as immediate matters to about what is going on in the ECOWAS community.
“So, I am happy that I have this opportunity to come and I am going back to Ghana very fortified and I’m going to tell the Ghanaian nation that our big brother, Nigeria is well and things are well,” said Akufo-Addo.
Earlier, the Ghanaian President was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by a delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.
He was accorded the courtesy of the Nigerian Guard of Honour, before he went into a closed door meeting with President Buhari, at the new Banquet Hall of the State House.