Today is the 29th day of March. Itï¿½s Good Friday. A day on the Christian calendar which marks the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Interestingly and possibly by divine design, it happens to be the birthday of another illustrious son of our Country, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo.
There could be no better way of knowing how blessed you are than a ï¿½Good Fridayï¿½ doubling as your birthday in a year which appears the most critical in your life. I am no prophet, neither do I possess any powers of sorcery but I can feel the message being sent by this ï¿½coincidenceï¿½ is huge. Itï¿½s no fluke a day on which Christians commemorate the greatest sacrifice ever in humanity is coinciding with your birthday.
Just like our saviour, you have been vilified, your dignity insulted and even your laudable feats are not spared the scorn from your detractors. Even in the face of all these, you remain undaunted in your genuine quest to save your country. The aftermath of the elections have deepened the belief some of us had about your genuine and burning passion to effect change. The days after December 7 saw this country in a very tense and delicate situation. Many people dominantly your supporters felt their mandate had been stolen in the election. Like in every uneasy situation, some people were pushing for extremist options in getting redress for the perceived ï¿½injusticeï¿½. Remarkably and in an unusual manner, you the most afflicted person became the man consoling your embittered supporters. With adrenaline rising, they thronged your home amidst chants of readiness to prove how ï¿½manlyï¿½ they could be.
I readily recall the scenes in the 2008 elections when in the face of serious agitation from your support base, you conceded defeat with the slimmest margin in an election which was later found to have had problems similar to what we have today. It was obviously a difficult situation going back to these agitated supporters to restrain them once more.
This is where you showed stark leadership, I remember your words at the Obra spot whiles addressing thousands of enraged supporters who had gathered there. As expected, you gave your supporters hope and also reminded them of the need to desist from acts that would disturb the peace of the country. In a rare instance, your party chairman charged the security forces to arrest any supporter of his party who was fomenting trouble at the time. That was decisive and nipped the pockets of violence that was witnessed at the time in the bud. Your critics say you had no option because any aggression by your supporters who have been crushed by the security forces. I agree with them to some extent. The reality however is, You had more than an option . What you had, in that instance was a responsibility. In that tense situation, you were responsible for the actions of the millions of agitated supporters who voted for you.
It is this responsibility which other opposition leaders in other jurisdictions shirked, leading their countries into some volatile situations. In the event of violence, I know the security forces would have lived up to expectation but that would have weighed a great toll on the development efforts of our nation. Today, you are on a path that has once again proven that the African is able to handle dire situations in mature ways. You have proven our laws and not our fists are the most potent tools in seeking redress. You seem to have lit the torch of hope in Africa finally. Today, Kenya a country that has been on a thorny war path recently has taken a cue from your bold step. They were once again confronted with another electoral debacle and they obviously took inspiration from you in resorting to the court other than the street.
Listening to Raila Odinga after he filed his election petition, I was convinced Africa had indeed opened a new chapter in her politics. Nana, this is where you stand and no amount of vilification can rewrite the history you made in going to court to challenge the results of the 2012 election. I strongly believe fate has already smiled at you looking at how boisterous you look even at 69. Whether you become President or not, Whether you prevail in this legal battle or not, your name is written boldly in our history books. No proper history of our country can be recounted without reference to your episode. There is one assurance we can give you. The young people of this country would surely vindicate your beliefs in the future. Today, I confer on you, the title ï¿½Mahatmaï¿½ meaning great soul. Nana Until you breathe last, never look back. Soldier on.
Happy Birthday Sir. Happy birthday Mahatma Akufo Addo.
Nana Addo @ 69
The Organized Youth of Ashanti (OYA) wishes to congratulate Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo- Addo on his 69th Birthday Anniversary.
Nana Akufo-Addo was born on 29th March, 1944 and therefore attains 69 years on 29th March, 2013.
He has served the Republic of Ghana in various capacities as a Minister of State and risen through the ranks to become the Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2008 and 2012 elections missing the Presidency by inches at his first attempt.
As a former Opposition Leader and at age 69, his public life and conduct may have positioned him as a 'notorious' leader but Nana Akufo-Addo's contribution to Ghana's democracy cannot be down played.
OYA does not subscribe to the phrase "Man never is; man was" and it is against this background that we celebrate the achievements of Nana Akufo-Addo whiles he is 69 years and alive.
It is our hope that as he prepare towards his retirement from active politics at 69 years, he would offer reasonable counsel from the comfort of his sofa in retirement.
OYA will be available to celebrate with Nana Akufo-Addo next year when he turns 70 years.
HAPPY 69th BIRTHDAY TO NANA AKUFO-ADDO; MAY THE ALMIGHTY GRANT HIM LONG AND PEACEFUL LIFE.
Co - founder
The UK branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPPUK) would like to congratulate our Flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the occasion of his birthday today. We would like to wish him a happy birthday and very many returns. We also like to congratulate him for showing exemplary leadership of our party and in every step that he is taking to ensure that our party returns to power in 2013.
On this day we pray to Almighty God (Allah) to be with him, give him good counsel and let his angels be the wind under his wings so that he can continue to deliver his message of hope to all corners our dear country.
On this day he chooses his running mate who will complement his work as the leader of our party and partner him in his administration. We wish the leadership of the party, especially the National Council a fruitful meeting and we want to assure them that whatever decision that they come out with, NPP UK will do whatever we can to support and enhance their decisions. We wish to congratulate them and our Flagbearer in advance for the boldness of the decisions which will be taken later today.
Once more we congratulate our Flagbearer on this great milestone and we wish him a great day today.
On behalf of
Source: Stallone Nyarko/ghanaweb
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