Ghana: An Emerging Leader of Peace & Democracy in Africa


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As we embark on the 9th Edition of IMAGES Magazine, we do so with high sense of responsibility to our readers, both national and international.

 

This edition carries a Special Report on our sisterly Republic of Ghana, which has just completed the conduct of its legislative and presidential elections, leading to the historic and colorful inauguration of a new government, headed by H.E. John Dramani Mahama.

 

Indeed, Ghana continues to exhibit high sense of maturity and probity among African states on the continent in terms of democracy, security, stability and development.

 

 The country’s presidential elections, held in December 2012 and won by the former Vice President to the late President John Evans Atta Mills, John Dramani Mahama, did not go down without protest, relating to allegations of irregularities by the main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The elections were however characterized by dozens of authoritative local and international observers as free, fair, credible and transparent.

 

Nevertheless, in Africa, most election results are always contested mainly by opposition politicians; hence, the Ghanaian 2012 elections were, in my view, no exception.

 

I say this because, as soon as the official results were announced, the NPP started putting together a legal team with some of the country’s best minds to challenge the results as announced by the Electoral Commission (EC).

 

They petitioned the country’s high court which is scrupulously looking into the claims, although President Mahama was peacefully inaugurated.

 

However, Ghanaians in general, have shown a great deal of respect for their country’s constitution, which is the organic instrument of the land.

When Prof. Mills suddenly passed away, there was a very smooth transition of state power; no one was egger to take a bypass to the Castle, as the rules were very clear.

 

Ghana would have lost her admirable democratic leadership role in Africa, had the NPP put her supporters onto the streets for violence in protest to the 2012 election results. Such behavior is, inarguably, not common in Ghana’s political history.

 

Frankly, Ghanaians are just a breed of Africans that are so different from many countries on the continent in terms of good manners and decent behaviors.

 

I started visiting Ghana since 1978; even during the country’s military era, they never lost their sense of patriotism and nationalism. In fact, it was most evident during the Rawlings’ Administration, which represented the social-democratic platform or trend in contemporary Ghanaian politics.

 

It can be vividly recalled that in 1983, a fellow journalist from Ghana was in Liberia doing his internship with the Daily Observer Newspaper. At the end of the exercise, when it was time for him to return home, he bought stuffs like: sandiness, toiletries and other essentials from Liberia.

 

He told me at the time that, to get these items in Ghana, one must stand in queue for hours. But today, that sisterly republic has everything in abundance, and the country has moved from its stagnant economy in the early 1980s to a more vibrant economy in the 1990s and beyond. 

 

Ghana is fast developing in terms of infrastructures, up-to-the-minute road network, Information Technology, among others. In short, Ghana is heading for prosperity, and remains not only a shining example of true democracy but also economic growth and development.  

 

It is hoped that the people of Ghana will continue to tread a path of tolerance, probity, and preventive diplomacy on the West Coast of Africa, keeping in mind recent Liberian history of violence, destruction, and instability from which Liberia is yet to recover.