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Opinions Sun, 30 Aug 2015

August 29 must be declared as “public holiday”

IN HONOR OF NANA AKUFO ADDO

The leadership of Citizens Awake Forum (CAF) is still calling on the President, H/E John Mahama to set aside August 29th as a ‘Public Holiday’ in honor of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

The proposed holiday in honor of nana Akufo Addo should be dubbed as “NANA AKUFO ADDO, THE PEACE MAKER HOLIDAY”

As we reflect the critical decision that was taken by Nana AKUFO Addo in the landmark controversial election Supreme Court ruling by Atuguba clearly shows that Nana Akufo Addo is a man of Peace.

Nana Addo sense of tolerance, patience, courage and pragmatic sense of urgency has created a conducive atmosphere of peace to the Ghanaiansociety today.

Undoubtedly, the international communities, religious bodies and civil societies are still amazed at the manner Nana Akufo Addo urged his followers to accept the verdict which was delivered by Justice Atuguba.

The leadership of Citizens Awake Forum believes that if there is any public holiday worth celebrating, then it must

be 29th August dedicated in honor of Nana Addo’s commitment to peace.Nana has shown that he is a selfless leader, man of peace and a leader you can trust.

Nana’s commitment to peace and democracy has made Ghana gained a huge respect in Africa and beyond. He has contributed more than his quota in making Ghana a role model for the rest of the continent.

Nana Addo’s decision sent a signal to the ruling party (NDC) and its leadership that we can use wisdom and knowledgeto fight without the tools of war asAsieduNketialed thugs in 2008 with explosives, cutlasses, truncheon, and acid to destroy the peace that Ghanaians was enjoying.

If we recall, RailaOdinga of Kenya learned from Nana Akufo Addo that election disputes can be settled at the Supreme Court and not the street as the Kenyan did in the 2007 general elections.

We are not surprise that, to date, International communities always task Nana Addo to observe elections on their behalf across the continent.

In sum, Nana’s patriotic service to Ghana, his fight for the ordinary Ghanaian, his commitment to peace, vision to transform Ghana embodies the symbol of hope for the youth of today’s Ghana.

We believe that if there is any Public holiday worth celebrating, then August 29thmust be that holiday and indeed, that day must be celebrated in honor of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

Long live CAF!

Long live Ghana!

Signed:

Ernest Kojo Smith, the Executive Director of CAF

John D. OforiAttah (Operations Director (0244801935)

Rubin Kwame Ayisi (International Relations)

Columnist: Citizens Awake Forum