Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo @ 76: a focused life of service Featured

It was a landmark, but one reached quietly, amid a crisis tearing through millions of homes and communities from Lagos to New York to London to Bihar. The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, turned 76 on Sunday, 29 March, yet there was no fanfare as he and his government worked frantically to prepare Ghana for a partial lockdown.

Among the first to extend their best wishes to the President were the New Patriotic Party’s National Council of Elders. But even as they did so, propaganda puppets were manufacturing feeble stories to suggest that he was popping champagne behind closed doors.

A letter signed by the chairman of the NPP Elders, Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, expressed the sentiments.

“You have been a source of inspiration to our party and its struggle to ensure that Ghana, its flag, its people are held in the highest esteem,” the message said.

Bold leadership

“At this time of the global pandemic of coronavirus, you have again shown dedicated and bold leadership in ensuring that your compatriots are safe and the country’s integrity is not compromised in any way.”

The President’s birthday coincided with a crunch point in the coronavirus crisis: the eve of Ghana entering a period of restricted movement for people living in Accra, Kasoa, Kumasi and Tema. Focused on the emergency as he was, cake and partying must have been the last things on his mind.

Most Ghanaians being able to read between the lines, the misinformation to hoodwink viewers into believing that this was a birthday that was going off with a bang never caught fire.

“We the Elders have cherished our brotherhood with you in our common struggle to ensure that our dear nation rises to the height that our forebears envisaged,” the NPP seniors’ letter said. “Dearest Nana, may the Good Lord bless and keep you and let his face shine upon you and your efforts.”

Eyes on a resurrection

It has been another year of service and leadership in his struggle to make Ghana rise. President Akufo-Addo has rallied Ghanaians to turn the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity that replicates the social and economic resurgence of the past few years.

“We know how to bring the economy back to life,” he reassured Ghanaians, speaking on Friday night as he made his fourth national broadcast on the COVID-19 crisis. “What we do not know is how to bring people back to life.”

And so he marked another year of life, fixed on what matters most – the good of the people of Ghana.

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