‘We Have A Great Battle To Fight’, Ghanaian President Challenges African Leaders

Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo


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.

Ghanaian President Calls For True Freedom In Africa

Ghanaian PresidentThe President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has called for what he called true freedom in Africa for the continent to develop economically and educationally.

He made the call while presenting a lecture during the 40th anniversary of University of Ilorin.

The Ghanaian President lamented that the continent has never been free from colonialism and also blamed past African leaders for their harsh method of governance which he noted retarded the growth of their countries.

Each country, he stressed, should evolve plans to develop its education and economy to meet its peculiar needs.

Also speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, urged the private sector to complement the efforts of the federal government in the education sector by investing to improve the education in the country.

He also urged them to think outside the box in the funding and running of their campuses.

ECOWAS Executives Meet Jonathan, INEC And Buhari

ECOWASThe Chairman of  Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), John Draman Mahama was at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to confer with President Goodluck Jonathan alongside ECOWAS Commission President, Desire-Kadre Ouedraogo over the nation’s forth coming general elections.

The Ghanaian President, Mahama who was received by President Jonathan on Monday afternoon is also scheduled to meet with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega at another venue within Abuja.

ECOWAS sources say, the closed door meetings were to reassure, uphold and cement the contenders, umpires assurances on fair and violence free election agreement endorsed by all contenders in the March 28th and April 11th forthcoming elections.

Mahama is to also meet with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) after his meeting with Jonathan at the airport.


2013 In Retrospect: Leadership, Electoral Processes And Conflicts In Africa

Network Africa on its debut edition for 2014 takes a look at the continent of Africa during the year 2013.

Focus is on Ghana because of the presidential election it held during the year, the electoral process, the post-election disputes and the eventual victory for President John Dramani Mahama.

Efforts by African leaders to sustain democratic governments across the continent are also in focus as 2013 witnessed the toppling of a democratically elected government in Central African Republic, with bloody crisis in Mali.

2013 also provided Nigeria the reminder for the build-up to a controversial centenary, with its 1914 amalgamation having come under scrutiny, raising questions about the terms of existence of Nigeria as a nation.

Also in focus is the Kenyan election of March 4, 2013, which produced Deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta as President.

Looking back at the year 2013 would be incomplete without the monumental passing away of Anti-apartheid hero, Late Dr Nelson Mandela.

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Ghanaian President is laid to rest

The body of the late Ghanaian President, Professor John Atta Mills has been interred at the “Asomdwee Park” .

The late President, was laid to rest after a day-long funeral which held at the Independence Square in Accra.

Prof Mills was buried, Friday, in a Bird Sanctuary next to the seat of government, the 17th-century Fort Christiansborg, also known as Osu Castle, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

His funeral was attended by 16 Heads of State, five Vice Presidents, and other international dignitaries including the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Goodluck Jonathan.

The leaders joined thousands of Ghanaians in the seaside capital as his coffin was carried on a gun carriage followed by wreath bearers in the capital, Accra.

President Jonathan paid tribute to the late leader saying he was a friend of Nigeria, who stood by the country during its moments of trial.

He described him as somebody, who was very close to him personally and who was very supportive during Nigerian’s trial.

President Jonathan added that he received the sudden death of Atta-mills with shock, and that African leaders would miss him for his sincerity, maturity, humility and modesty.

Prof. Mills, who had been due to stand for re-election in December, died suddenly at age 68, on July 24, after a long battle with throat cancer.

Catalyst for Unity

Within hours after his death, John Dramani Mahama, his deputy, was sworn-in by parliament as his replacement, removing concerns cover political instability.

President Mahama, who spoke during the two-hour burial ceremony marked by Bible readings, prayers and singing, described Mills as a man who cemented stability in Ghana.

“I am in no doubt that the unifier and the man of peace that our late president was, in passing on to glory, will be a catalyst for our country to consolidate the peace and forge ahead in unity,” Mahama said.

Mills, a former law professor and a tax expert, was Ghana’s vice president from 1997 to 2000.

He became president in 2009, narrowly winning a runoff vote, having unsuccessfully run for the top office in 2000 and 2004.

Before his political career, he taught at the University of Ghana and also was a visiting lecturer at Temple University in Pennsylvania and Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Mills’ death came days after he celebrated his 68th birthday. He had said he would run for re-election in December.