Well Done, Mr Presedent!

mahamaThe story of the President, John Mahama visiting Madam Theo-dosia Okoh yesterday, to render an apology to her for the abortive attempt by the Mayor of Accra to remove her name from the National Hockey pitch and replace it with that of late President J.E.A. Mills, should gladden the hearts of all Ghanaians.

According to media reports, the President, led the Mayor, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, to visit the 91-year old lady at her home, and apologise for the faux pas.

The Mayor, through the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, had sought to re-name the national hockey pitch after, Prof. Mills, during the commemoration of the 1st anniversary of the former President’s demise.

But President Mahama swiftly stopped the Mayor, and desribed his unpopular move to rename the pitch, as insensitive and unacceptable. He then apologised to the nonagenarian.

The apology was the second in a week, since the faux pas. We commend the President for his courage, and humility in acknowledging the Mayor’s error. It takes more than a noble mind, a person of high esteem, stature and fellow feeling to reverse that decision.

For us, it is a principled person, and a good listener, who can stand by what is good, just, and in the interest of the people.
The Times is impressed by President’s rare gesture, and wish to recommend it for all his appointees and other public office holders.
We hope the pain and trauma which Madam Okoh had suffered would be assuaged by the personal apology of the President.

The Times also hopes all who were offended by the unpopular decision would now appreciate the genuineness of the apology, and forgive him.

We are also sure that this singular act would serve as a big lesson, not only for the Mayor, but all other appointees to serve in humility and respect, for all the people.

After all, in their oaths of office, don’t they promise to serve the people, and not to lord it over them?
Well done, Mr President!

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