In a media interaction at the Danquah Institute preceding his Youth Rally at the Independence Square in Accra last Friday evening, the Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, minced no words in pointing out to the youth why he thinks they are in good company, if they elect to stand together with him and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in the dream and vision to create a “Better Ghana” in which the true beneficiaries will be the youth themselves.

“You are privileged to be living in these times, and you are privileged to be Ghanaians because of two important things. The first is that never in the history of this nation have Ghanaians enjoyed so much freedom to the point that it is almost normal to say anything against an incumbent administration, go back home and sleep soundly and wake up the following morning to continue with your life without any agent of government barging into your premises and picking you up to some unknown point, never to be seen by your wife or children or members of your community again.”

“You are also privileged,” Nana said, “because you are part of the history that is unfolding before your very eyes, in which the energies of our people are ready to be ignited by a new breed of leadership to make Ghana the shining light of Africa.”

In that kind of politically transformed environment, Nana reiterated, the true beneficiaries are the youth and the nation’s future generations.

That is why, he continued, he as the next President of Ghana will expend every ounce of blood flowing in his veins towards ensuring that Ghana develops by leaps Iand bounds in terms of its social development agenda through sound economic policies and programmes that have a place, not only for the able-bodied teeming youth of the nation, but also the physically challenged and aged.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the NPP Presidential candidate’s running mate, had earlier explained to the media why he risked the comforts of the banking profession to wade into the turbulent seas of national political life in this hour of the nation’s history.

“I have a personal philosophy and attitude to life that believes in getting things done. I believe that to get things done means to dream big. Politics is all about working a bit harder and going the extra mile to achieve results. This I believe is what the nation has lacked in the last 40 or 50 years of our national life.

Nana Akufo-Addo and I are here at this time in the history of the nation to get things done. I share his vision’ and I am committed to partner him because I am convinced about the inspiring and singular vision he has and the commitment of the NPP as a party to deliver, by working extra in continuing to find solutions to the nation’s problems.”

Nana’s belief in the youth, he continued, is typified in the NPP Presidential candidate’s decision to pick a youth in the person of Bawumia, “probably the youngest in the history of the nation’s democratic experiment as a running mate.”

“We unfortunately have a mentality that things cannot be done any better than we have them now. That, in Nana Akufo-Addo and my personal view, is suicidal for a nation blessed with so much opportunities and potential and a nation whose people excel outside our shores. That ‘can do’ spirit must be revived, if we must make it.

And it is only when the youth elect to partner us in the forthcoming elections that they and the NPP can find hope and fulfil1ment in that vision and dream of A Better Ghana, he stressed.

How effective the strategy on the part of the National Organiser of the NPP and the leadership of the party to hold a youth rally with the youth in control through the wings of music had paid off, was evidenced when, for several hours, the nation’s youth comprising TESCON students, physical1y chal1enged, kayayei, the blind and soccer stars thronged the Independence Square to share in the vision of A Better Ghana under NanaAkufo-Addo and Bawumia.

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