President John Mahama has told parliament he is ready to hand over the baton to president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo “with pride, goodwill and determination” aws he charged the rest of the nation to wish him well and support his tenure.
The president lamented the division instigated by political allegiances that prevents the Ghanaian form objectively supporting development even when such is tangible.
“We can see, too, the divide that it is threatening to create in ours if we are not careful. Already, it has taken a toll on our morale and our sense of optimism. It has given way to a cynicism that is as dangerous to the incoming political party as it was to ours,” he said when he delivered his last State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday January 5 in accordance with article 67 of the 1992 constitution on Thursday January 5, 2017.
“We cannot afford as a nation to wish or hope for the failure of any president and his or her government. Ensuring accountability is not the same as leveling insults or encouraging apathy. We have history as proof that we have been better and we have done better. And we will, we must, do better once again,” the Commander in Chief of the Armed forces told the floor.
Adding, “this is why I stand here today, Mr. Speaker, holding the baton of leadership prepared to pass it on with pride, goodwill and determination, to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and ask all Ghanaians to cheer him on as he runs his portion of this relay for Ghana.”