The punctuality of Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday, January 22 2018 at the investiture of Liberian President George Weah, exposed the habitual lateness of other African leaders to international events.
Akufo-Addo who arrived at the event much earlier was greeted by empty seats on his row several hours before other African Heads of States joined when the event was almost at its climax.
Notable among those who came late included Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.
According to a journalist with AFP Jennifer O’Mahony, Keita and Kaboré rushed in when George Weah was about taking his oath of office.
But political entrepreneurs in Ghana including former Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Ofosu-Kwakye have tried to make mincemeat out of the empty seats that surrounded Ghana’s President at the event.
In his official Facebook page he asked” Fallout from Cash for Seats scandal?”
But the International Journalist who could not hide her admiration for the conduct of Ghana’s president at the event which should rather be an example to other African leaders commended him and described the latecomers as ‘naughty francophones’
Former football star, George Weah was on Monday sworn in as the new president of Liberia taking over from the continent’s first democratically elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf according to an africafeeds.com report.
This is the first time in over 70 years that Liberia is witnessing the peaceful transfer of power from one government to the other after a peaceful electoral process.
George Weah will now serve as the 25th president of the West African nation as hopes are high for him to transform the country by creating jobs and providing improved social amenities after taking his oath of office.
Thousands of Liberians mostly young people thronged the Samuel Kanyon Doe stadium near the capital, Monrovia for a ceremony which was witnessed by several heads of state from Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Togo.
Weah’s former football colleagues and were also in attendance to support him on his big day.
President Weah beat the former vice president, Joseph Boakai in last year’s elections after failing in two previous attempts to be president.
Weah on Saturday told journalists that “I am a human being, I strive to be excellent, and I can be successful”.
“When I work hard I believe what I believe in and I showed I could persevere,” he added.