Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has praised Ghana for the peaceful conduct of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections as well as the smooth transfer of power from one administration to the other.
She made this known during the inaugural ceremony of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as president of Ghana on Saturday January 7, 2017.
Mrs Sirleaf Johnson said “Today, we witness the completion of a democratic process of peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another.
“You Ghanaians made us proud. After hard fought campaigns, you have put differences aside and come together to celebrate this victory. We must remember that this event is the fruit of many years of hard labour. Democracy is the fruit of the sacrifice of many generations and must not be taken for granted.
“We thank you for the political maturity, sense of patriotism in reaching this far. We commend the professionalism, commitment of the independent Electoral Commission and all political parties for applying the needed restraints that paved the way for peaceful conduct of the elections.
“The peaceful transition of power, in accordance with the will of the people, is a sacrosanct pillar of democracy. Where the people are free to speak, free to move, and free to choose their destiny, there will always be peace. Where there is peace, every child gets the chance to grow to his or her potential in an environment of tranquillity.
“On behalf of ECOWAS heads of state and my own name, we extend our greatest salutation to his Excellency John Dramani Mahama for his leadership in organising a free, fair and transparent electoral process. Giving the people the freedom and space to choose their new faith is the greatest act of leadership, we are proud of Ghana. Ghana has been the bastion of democracy for many decades after years of turbulence.”
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was sworn in as the fifth president of Ghana under the Fourth Republic on Saturday January 7, 2017.
Akufo-Addo was sworn in by Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood after he took the presidential oath and the oath of secrecy before parliament.