President John Dramani Mahama has responded to opposing presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo on his ‘so-called real state of the nation address’ which he delivered today, Monday, February 29. Mahama has said in his reactions, that it will be wrong for the NPP to try to minimize the achievements of his administration.
At the ceremony which was held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra on Monday, the NPP criticised the President for not painting the real state of the nation in his SOTN presented in Parliament last Thursday.
John Mahama took to his Facebook page today, to respond to the numerous criticisms leveled against him by the NPP in Nana Addo’s ‘real state of the nation address’.
I have always believed in the tremendous power that exists within every single Ghanaian: the power to influence the course of events and the power to shape the future of this great nation of ours. It is with this belief that I took office as President four years ago, and it is with this same belief that last week I delivered my State of the Nation Address.”
While reacting to hese criticisms, the president never condemned the NPP’s move to present a counter state of the nation address. He rather said that it is an evidence that we are practicing true democracy in the country.
The opposition is exercising its democratic right to criticize, which is a proof that we are living in a healthy democracy. However, it would be wrong to try to minimize our achievements and the depth of Ghana’s transformation in the last three years. For me, as President, these last three years are a story of hope– a hope shared by so many of us. This is because what we have been able to achieve so far is for all of us, and it was made possible only through the continuous participation of all of us.
The president emphasized that he is never giving the credit for the achievements made so far under his administration to himself but to all Ghanaians. his words:
The most important fact about the transformative stories I shared last week; the most fundamental truth about them is that they are not my achievements, they are our achievements!
They are Ghana’s achievements!
Step by step, we built something important, something that lays the foundation for irreversible improvements in the lives of all of us! We worked hard every day, we kept the faith, we kept moving forward – this is how we achieved all this!
Together we are changing lives, one individual at a time. These are our achievements!
This is why I will keep talking about them – because when I talk about them I am honouring each and every one of you!”
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