Ghana’s President-Elect, Nana Akufo-Addo challenged the change mantra that seemed to be driving the selection of leaders in recent African elections. The incoming president whose tenure will begin on January 7, 2017, made the challenge in an address at the 11th edition of Africa Futures Award in Lagos, Nigeria.
The president-elect spoke in reference to the change gospel which brought Nigeria’s present government in 2015, Gambia’s incoming government, as well as his victory in the just concluded Ghanaian polls.
According to him, even as Africa deserves a new path, which has led them to vote for change, the mantra should not remain a mere political slogan. He emphasised that it should “serve as impetus to reshaping our country and charting a new part of growth and development built in freedom, which would lift the long-suffering African masters out of poverty into the realms of prosperity and dignified existence.”
He also took the opportunity to challenge African leaders that the only way true change can come to the continent is for Africans to champion it themselves. “We cannot expect others to do it for us,” he added.
Taking the opportunity to state his plans for Ghana, the president-elect said creating jobs, youth and gender-inclusion would be at the core of his administration. Because Africa is the youngest continent of the world based on the number of its youths, Addo said the empowerment, education and employment of young people will unlock the amount of human potential herein.
According to him, the country voted for him as it believed in his vision and relevant programmes needed to put the country on the path to political stability and economic prosperity.
The event which highlighted and gave a glimpse into the kind of president Addo would likely be in less than two weeks, witnessed the presence of top Nigerian politicians including serving and former ministers, Former Governors and other politicians.