21 January 2013

Ghana: Congrats, Mr. President


Some leaders are born, some are trained into attaining that level, and some exhibit leadership qualities right from the onset.

These are the traits that Ghana's President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, exhibits. When he assumed the position of the first gentleman on the land, many are those who said that is a very fitting position for him. His name has now become a household one, with even little children referring to him as "Ede bee k3k3".

Not by way of just his intelligence, but also by his leadership qualities he has exhibited over the years. Talk of his humility, his demeanour and candidness, and gentlemanly nature.

Mr. President, I will like to say a very big congratulation to you, and wish you a safe journey on the route you have just embarked, and I pray that the almighty God, who has seen you to this place, will always be with you.

One question that keeps bothering people's minds is did his Excellency know that he will be president one day? He carried himself well when he first started his political career as MP for the Bole Bamboi constituency in 1996. His contributions in parliament made him the best among his divide, as well as among his colleagues from the other entire political divide. This excellent performance made him to stay on for three consecutive times as Member of Parliament for that area.

In his first term in Parliament, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications, and then to a full Minister of Communications. The question which ought to be answered is what brought about his elevation, obviously, it should be hard work.

When his party lost the elections of 2001, the Minority, of which he was a member, made him Spokesperson for Communications. Later, he was made spokesperson for foreign affairs, and also a member of the Pan African Parliament.

Looking at his background, one could tell that he was gradually rising through the ranks in his entire political life. His Excellency also doubled up as the director of communications for his party, the NDC, and played a key role in getting their views on various national issues across to Ghanaians while they were in opposition.

Then came the time when he was nominated by the late president Professor J.E.A. Mills to be his running mate in the 2008 elections. He was seen playing very important roles in assisting the late president.

The untimely demise of the late president placed the mantle on his head to act as president, as stipulated in the constitution. This position, he discharged well to the best of his ability.

I understand he took over his father's footsteps, first as former minister in the regime of Ghana's first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. This may have informed him to closely follow the footsteps of his late Dad. It has indeed, yielded the desired results.

Mr. President, the expectations of Ghanaians from you is very high, especially due to your youthful enthusiasm which you exhibit, which we believe, can move this motherland to the next level where we have never been before. Do not let the youth, who form the chunk of the electorate, down. And I know your Excellency, you will not.

The nominations you have made so far have sent very good signals across that you are not joking with any of the pledges you made on the campaign trails. Many are those who believe that promises made during campaigns are far from that which is really on the ground.

We will pardon you for some of the little errors, but not for the gargantuan promises you made, so please live by them, and make sure that you honour them to the best of your ability.

I wish you well and pray that you excel on your assumption to this high office as the number one gentleman of the land. CONGRATS.

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