Story by Abdullah Afedzi, Additional Nazim Isha’at, Central West Region
Alhaji Justice Saeed Kweku Gyan, an Appeals Court judge, has said Former President John Dramani Mahama deserved to be applauded and recognised by all people of goodwill for his posture and conduct after the 2016 general elections.
He said the decision of the ex-President to concede defeat before the formal declaration by the Electoral Commission (EC) brought a huge sigh of relief to the people of Ghana and as such should be encouraged in the years ahead.
Justice Gyan who was speaking on the theme “Engendering Patriotism, the Role of Religion” at the 85th Annual National Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Ghana, said the posture of Mr. Mahama contributed significantly to the smooth transition of power that followed the elections.
He also acknowledged that the gesture of the new President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo deserved commendation.
Justice Gyan said Ghana was witnessing a new era and, therefore, fulfilling aspirations of the country depended on the conduct, action, attitude and performance of the citizenry irrespective of their political affiliation, gender, creed, position and religious persuasion.
In this regard, the conduct, posture, transparency and performance of the newly elected leaders, particularly the President were of critical importance, he added.
Justice Gyan also pointed out that it is the patriotic duty of all citizens in the country to put their shoulders to the wheel and move the country forward as was done by its forefathers and keenly anticipated by future generation.
He noted that the conduct and character of the political and educated elite had emerged as an undesirable cynicism among the citizenry about their own nation and the institutions of State.
“It is this seemingly negative development that appears to have emerged and taken root in our national psyche that manifestly threatens the peace, unity, stability and sustenance of our motherland”, he said.
Justice Gyan therefore called for an urgent and general rethink about the attitude of the citizenry towards the affairs of the country, especially in its political advancement.
He said religious authorities must begin a vigorous and conscious campaign to build a new Ghana, starting from individual family level by encouraging and sustaining responsible parenting.