Akin to the well-known maxim “a prophet is without honor in his own home”, President John Dramani Mahama’s transformational agenda has caught the attention of some Nigerians who are heaping tons of praises on him even though some Ghanaians still downplay his ‘unmatched’ success story.
The “cross-border” Mahama admirers say, even though he was elected president at a time the country and the world was in extreme difficulties, he has managed to surmount most of the pressing challenges facing his native Ghana,resulting in very laudable accomplishments.
Whilst they know they are without voting rights in Ghana, nevertheless, they are endorsing hissecond term presidential bid. They believe he will lead Ghana into the dreamland if given another opportunity to continue hisagenda of transformation.
One of those propagating the good works ofPresident John Mahama and leading media campaign in furtherance of the Ghanaian President’s reelection bid is no mean a person than one-time Nigeria presidential aspirant and media mogul, Chief Dele Momodu.
Supporting the Nigeria media guru inpropagating president Mahama’s good works internationally is hostess of one of Nigeria’s popular satirical shows on Television, AdeolaFayehun. The celebrated Nigeria TV hostess gave thumbs up to President Mahama’s impressive achievements,especiallyin the area of infrastructure over the last three and half years.
Drawing a comparison between Ghana and her native Nigeria on her widely watched program, “Keeping It Real with Adeola”, Miss Fayehun showcased some of the unprecedented achievements of the young Ghanaian leader,” she told her audience she wished were replicated in her home country, Nigeria.
The fancy hostess at a point during the show was visibly seen emotional and overwhelmed by the unparalleled achievements when she wondered “how the president could in a space of three and a half years take Ghana to such higher heights”.
Chief Dele Momodu, who is also Chief Executive Officer of the popular international Ovation Magazine,on his part, has been relentless in his effort to ‘sell’ the good works of the West African nation’s president using social media to, among other reasons, convince majority of Ghanaians to give the president another term in office.
In spite of harsh criticisms from some section of Ghanaiansbelieved to be opposition elements who sarcastically say, he is even “out-performing” the president’s CommunicationsMinister, the wealthy Nigerian businessman’s twitter handle has of late been flooded with magnificent projects executed by the Mahama administration.
To further prove his admiration for president Mahama, the latest edition of Chief Dele Momodu’s Ovation Magazine has been dedicated to telling the success story of the Ghanaian president to the rest of the world.
In recent interviews with some media houses in Ghana, Chief Dele Momodu did not shy away from openly praising the Ghanaian president.
He was quoted in the Ghanaian media to have said “I go through the airport and I see a lot of things, I think what the government of Ghana needs to do is to publicize its activities more, because anytime I pass through the airport [Kotoka International Airport], I see the changes going on there. I travel for two, three weeks, and come back, and I notice something new at the airport. You have new elevators, you have escalators, you have conveyor belts, and even now you have automated immigration services and all that”
“For me, we should not dismiss it. Yes, no government is perfect, but definitely, something is going on in Ghana. Ghana is a destination for a lot of investors, people are coming in, tourists are pouring in, hotels that I have not even seen in Nigeria are springing up here, Ghana has two or three of the biggest hotels that you can find in Africa today, there must be something happening in Ghana, but what happens anywhere is that a prophet is not likely to be recognized in his own home,” the philanthropist added.
“President Mahama has come at a very difficult period, the world is in turmoil, it’s not just Ghana, I tell my Ghanaian friends all the time when they complain that, you see, let us thank God for little mercies. It could be worse, but I see a lot of activities going on. I just listened to the mayor, some minutes ago, talk about what they are doing in Tema, they wouldn’t be doing that if you don’t have someone at the top, who is able to inspire those under him. Yes there is so much work still to be done here, but I think President Mahama has put in his best and he should be encouraged and let’s see what happens thereafter.”
Asked if he could compare the president of his country, Muhamadu Buhari, whom he described as “a man of integrity” and “Jesus Christ without disciples, to president Mahama, Chief Dele Momodu, said “You can’t compare the two because the two countries are different. Ghana is a much smaller country. You don’t have the resources of Nigeria, so, if you see a man, who is able to manage such small resources, [he deserves some commendation]”.