President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is being praised for being a personification of honesty.
His honesty and sincerity, though not unknown to many of those who have keenly followed his exploits, what happened with this particular subject has endeared him further to many more Ghanaians, including some political opponents.This follows an interview he granted to Kwami Sefa Kayi of Kokrokoo Peacefm on Thursday, October 21, 2021.
The President was interviewed on a wider range of subjects which included his flagship Agenda 111 hospital projects, LGBTQIA+ issues, agitations by students pursuing legal education and many other important topics.
In the course of the interview, Chairman General (Kwami Sefa Kayi) asked President Akufo-Addo about whether he and the NPP promised to give the people of Cape Coast a harbour or not as the President’s take on the matter had generated heated debates and controversies in the media.
Without prolonging the issue, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo admitted that he erred over the matter when he spoke about it on radio on his Central Regional tour.
He apologized for the comment as well. ”Let me just confess, I made a mistake in the Cape Coast landing port and the Harbour brouhaha.
I just saw them in our manifesto but from different pages. I therefore apologize to the people of Cape Coast and the Central Region for that comment.
Presidents are humans and they can make mistakes” he solemnly stated. Though the President indicated that a second look should be taken around the whole idea of building a harbour in Cape Coast as the city’s proximity to Takoradi and Elmina would not be idyllic for it to be given a harbour, the symbolism of the President apologizing for such an error cannot be forgotten anytime soon.
In his view, everyone is fallible to some degree. Everyone is capable of making mistakes and for that matter, he made a mistake with his comment.
This is an admirable trait in the President. It takes a great leader to admit to his fallibility. Such a trait is not seen in any ordinary leader.
Some verbosely threaten to use party agents and goons to ‘do and die in 2024’ but when asked to retract and apologize, they find solace in idiomatic expressions.