Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed admiration and appreciation for the leadership of outgoing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that Africa and the world will miss his presence on the global stage. President Akufo-Addo made these remarks during the public presentation and launch of two biographies highlighting the legacies of President Buhari.
Speaking at the event held in Abuja, Nigeria, President Akufo-Addo commended President Buhari's transformation from a military ruler to a consummate democrat who consistently prioritized the interests of Nigeria and Africa. He described President Buhari as a leader who made decisions based on principle, leaving a lasting impact on his country and the continent.
President Akufo-Addo, who chaired the book launch, congratulated the authors of the biographies, Anthony Goldman and Senator Abu Ibrahim, for their dedication and scholarly work. He called on African authors, poets, and playwrights to authentically and eloquently narrate the African story, emphasizing the importance of giving credit where it is due and offering constructive criticism where necessary.
Muhammadu Buhari, born on December 17, 1942, became Nigeria's President in 2015, marking the first time an opposition candidate peacefully assumed power after years of political turmoil in the country. Prior to his presidency, Buhari served as Nigeria's Head of State from 1984 to 1985.
During his tenure, President Buhari faced the challenging task of combating jihadist insurgencies that were at their peak, with daily reports of abductions and kidnappings. Despite these daunting circumstances, Buhari steered the nation forward with his leadership and determination.
President Buhari is set to leave office on May 29, 2023, when the new government will be sworn in, marking the end of his presidency.
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