As Ghana celebrates its 61st Independence Day today, the nation went ahead to mark its independence with pomp and pageantry.
The parade was graced by the three former Presidents of the country – Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufour, and John Mahama as well as heads of states and dignitaries from neighbouring countries.
Senator Dino Melaye, who is a guest at the event that took place at Black Star Square, took to his Instagram page to praise the Ghanaians and lament how Nigeria observes its special holidays. He wrote:
“I feel sad and ashamed this morning as I physically see the cultural and national demonstration of love, unity and purpose exhibited by Ghanaians here at the Black Star Square in Accra- Ghana as Ghana celebrate their 61st independence and 25 years of uninterrupted Democracy. It is sad that My President and eminent Nigerians watch this glamour and respect for heritage which Nigeria as Regional Champions lost years ago.
We have stop celebrating anything in Nigeria. I.e Independece day,Democracy day and Children’s day. Our Independence Day is now a low key event in the Presidential Villa. The Question is how did we get here and why did we get here!
We are here president and citizens of Nigeria clapping for our’younger” brother Nation Ghana! What a shame. The reasons for the fear of National celebrations are the colossal injustices in the land. We as leaders at all levels must be fair and just to all. As long as we twist justice and flow in the gown of injustice and hypocrisy we will never openly celebrate like Ghana is doing today.
We must decide to re-think and re-build. Altogether we have failed. We must bring back our long lost reputation. As a child I always look forward to celebrations like this. What will my children and their generation look out for. God will ask us all,leaders of Nigeria our roles in getting to this abysmal level. Hope Mr President and all of us present in Accra today will learn a huge lesson from Ghana. Congratulations Ghana,Africa is proud of you. SDM”
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