By Victor Ochieng
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the leader of New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ghana’s largest opposition party, has told Ghanaians not to worry in spite of the myriads of difficulties that the country is facing. Instead, they should commemorate Jesus’ birth and let it be a source of hope for a better future for the country.
In his Christmas message to the citizens of Ghana, he acknowledged that 2015 has indeed been a challenging year. He, however, expressed confidence that the country will rise once again.
“We must work towards creating a free and prosperous society of opportunities, where every Ghanaian child, no matter the circumstances of their birth, has a fair chance to strive for a happy and dignified life, and where we can unleash the enterprise of our people so that we can build a progressive, prosperous Ghana whose citizens live in harmony and security,” read an excerpt from his message.
Akufo-Addo said he still passionately believes in the country’s potential and that Ghanaian citizens still have the inner drive “to rise up and revive the fortunes of our country.”
He reminded Ghanaians that as Christmas celebrations reignite their gratitude for God’s mercies, they shouldn’t forget their individual and collective responsibility towards one another, urging Ghanaians as they continue with the celebrations, to do so responsibly and safely, as well as share the little they have with the disadvantaged members of the society.
In conclusion, he said: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.”
Ghana goes to the polls in 2016 and Akufo-Addo is looking forward to running for president. Sources indicate that he’s a strong contender in the coming elections.
The country is one of the most democratically progressive nations of Africa and has been hailed by many international leaders as a pace setter in terms of conducting elections, something that most African nations still lag behind in.
Akufo-Addo ran for the seat in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections under his current political party. In the 2008 polls, he missed the seat by a hair after he garnered 49.13% of votes cast, slightly lower than the 50% needed for a first round win. This put him in a second round contest with John Atta Mills, who ended up clinching the seat.
Being a lawyer, he used his legal know how to champion human rights, freedom of expression, justice, and democracy, earning him national reputation. While still practicing, he donated his legal services to help the poor in the society, endearing him to many Ghanaians.
It’s for that reason that he’s been a force to reckon with politically.