President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is full of praise for his predecessor John Mahama for exhibiting maturity and keeping his cool over the Cantonments bungalow saga.
Former President Mahama’s request to keep the prestigious house he had occupied for eight years as a vice president and president, as part of his retirement package, attracted an avalanche of criticisms mainly from the government side. The house is located on the No. 3. Prestige Link, , Cantonments in Accra.
When the criticism grew strong, the former president wrote a letter to President Akufo-Addo and copied the Asantehene, stating his intention to withdraw his decision to keep that house.
But President Akufo-Addo at a special thanksgiving service held at the Ridge Church on Sund noted that his predecessor deserves commendation for the way he handled the situation in the face of criticisms and name calling.
“Despite all the controversies surrounding his (Mahama’s) settlement, his conduct has been a credit to our nation and we must all give thanks to the Lord for it,” the president observed.
He had earlier acknowledged the peaceful transition supervised by Mr. Mahama.
“Our thanks for this occasion must also go to my predecessor who followed in the worthy footsteps of his illustrious predecessor. The President Jerry John Rawlings and the President John Agyekum Kufuor and supervised a peaceful transition of power.”
Meanwhile, a former Deputy Interior Minister, Kobby Acheampong has explained why the former president copied the Asantehene in his letter to the president on the accommodation.
“After the elections, Nana Akufo-Addo requested a meeting, through the Otumfuo Osei Tutu with [then] president Mahama…at this meeting [former] president Mahama requested to keep where he is staying and Nana Akufo-Addo agreed,” he told TV3’s New Day on Saturday.