Former Presidents Rawlings and Kufuor yesterday electrified the Black Star Square (Independence Square), venue for the swearing in of President Mahama when the due were called to congratulate the newly sworn president.
President Rawlings, whose name was first mentioned by Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, got up, grabbed the hand of his wife, Nana Konadu and started walking majestically towards the dais.
The couple was followed by President Kufuor and former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan and his wife. In the middle of the red carpet walkway, Mr. Rawlings, who had disengaged from the wife, all of the sudden stopped and once again held the hand of his sweetheart, Nana Konadu. He then waved to the crowd who responded with loud cheers.
When Mr. Rawlings finally got to President Mahama on the dais, he embraced him, an action which drove the crowd crackers. The crowd saw it as a change in the character of Mr. Rawlings, who had persistently been holding the throat of departed president John Evans Atta Mills over his governance style.
Former President Kufuor and Kofi Annan, however, kept it cool as they walked on the red carpet to congratulate the new president.
Earlier, all the invited foreign dignitaries were also invited one after the other to congratulate the new president and his Vice.
The President of Benin, Yayi Boni, who read a speech on behalf of the African Union, shocked the crowd with the perfect construction of the Queen's English.