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STATESMAN OPINION: The President We deserve

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Irrespective of his long-suffering on his journey to becoming a democratically elected head of state of the Republic of Ghana, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has taken an audacious but selfless stance, which is extremely rare on the African continent. Unbelievable as it might seem, he is prepared to sacrifice his presidency, come 2020, if need be, for the good of his country.

Irrespective of his long-suffering on his journey to becoming a democratically elected head of state of the Republic of Ghana, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has taken an audacious but selfless stance, which is extremely rare on the African continent. Unbelievable as it might seem, he is prepared to sacrifice his presidency, come 2020, if need be, for the good of his country.

 

Some recalcitrant actors of illegal mining, infamously known as galamsey, have threatened to vote the President and his New Patriotic Party out of office in the 2020 elections if he did not pull the breaks in his determined bid to stop the destructive and lawless act.

However, despite the failures, defeats, disappointments, betrayals as well as the lies, insults and evil machinations, among others, he had to painstakingly endure in his decades-long struggle to ascend to the highest office of the nation, President Akofo-Addo has apparently chosen the interest and progress of the nation over his electoral victory in 2020.

Indeed, he has called off the bluff of the galemseyers by assuring Ghanaians that threats of electoral defeat cannot restrain his government from continuing the fight against small-scale illegal mining, which experts have warned that if the act is not permanently stopped, Ghana would be compelled to import water as a result of the wanton destruction of our water bodies by the galamseyers.

The President noted that his determination to permanently bring the life-threatening menace to an end is unquestionable, thus he would carry through his government’s plan to save the country’s environment and water bodies from destruction by the galamseyers.

“Mining along the water bodies cannot continue if we want to preserve nature and our water. It cannot continue,” he warned, adding that “if we cannot develop the lands left for us by our ancestors, we should not destroy them.”

However, the President reiterated that his government was not against mining but those who were doing it unlawfully.

In fact, we, here, at the Daily Statesman are highly inspired by the firm, patriotic and nationalistic standpoint of President Akufo-Addo. In consequence, we do not only encourage him to soldier on for the progressive interest of the country, but we are also solidly behind him.

We are of the conviction that the Ghanaian electorate are very discerning and right-thinking that they will not punish the President at the polls for doing what is in the best interest of the nation.

Further, we are of the belief that the impact of the success of the governmental clampdown on galamsey will be deeply felt that the astute Ghanaian electorate will have no basis to use it against him but reward him massively at the polls.

Certainly, President Akufo-Addo has so far proven that he is the right leader Ghanaians had long-awaited for. Here is the President who sharply eschews lawlessness, selfishness and corruption. Here is the President who does not hesitate to play the exemplary leadership role of patriotism, selflessness and nationalism. Here is the President, Ghanaians deserve