Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the 31st December Revolution.
Ghana's former President and Leader of the Revolution, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has in a statement to mark the day, asked Ghanaians to play their role in instilling sound values of probity, accountability, freedom and justice in the country.
"Some of us cannot and will never depart from the principles that led to the revolution and sustained it for so long. We shall continue to confront the rot that is eroding the values many laid down their lives for. The struggle continues," he said.
Below is a copy of the full statement
MESSAGE BY H.E. FLT LT JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS ON THE OCCASION OF THE 32nd ANNIVERSARY OF THE 31st DECEMBER REVOLUTION
On the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the 31st December Revolution I send best wishes to cadres, foot soldiers and the millions of Ghanaians who in diverse ways played a role in the decade that stopped the rot.
Thirty-two years ago a revolutionary wave swept across the country and brought in its wake a sense of national purpose and responsibility. Ghanaians once again embraced patriotism and fought with their lives to bring the country back onto its feet after confronting huge challenges including a debilitating famine and the deportation of over one million of our compatriots from Nigeria.
Through your combined sweat and toil, Ghana saw significant socio-economic and socio-political development that is unsurpassed in the nation’s history. The relative political stability from 1981 till today is because you the people of Ghana took your destiny into your hands and decided that you were going to thread a path of development that was fashioned on the principles of probity, accountability, freedom and justice.
The core tenet of these values was transparency and zero tolerance for corruption.
Today your sweat and toil has been eroded by a culture of corruption that is practiced and tolerated by those who are supposed to fight it.
Some of us cannot and will never depart from the principles that led to the revolution and sustained it for so long. We shall continue to confront the rot that is eroding the values many laid down their lives for. The struggle continues!
Let us recognise that the challenge is not one only for political leadership. We all have a role to play in instilling sound values of probity, accountability, freedom and justice in our society.
As the year draws to a close and we embrace a new one, I enjoin all
Ghanaians to work towards a most fruitful year dedicated to the reawakening of our moral values.
We dare not fail in our quest to steer our country onto a straight path of political, social and political development.
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