We must make the next 60 years better – Mahama

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Former President John Mahama has made a clarion call to Ghanaians to join in the nation building effort to make the next 60 years “even better.”

While congratulating Ghanaians on the country’s 60th independence anniversary, he charged all citizens to be selfless in all their endeavours.

 “Let’s dedicate ourselves, on this occasion, to make the next 60 years even better,” he wrote on his twitter page Monday.

Monday marks the 60th year since Ghana attained independence from British rule on March 6, 1957 at a time the wind of nationalism was sweeping around the continent.

Being the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain her freedom, Ghana went into action by helping other African countries to attain nationhood.

First President of modern Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah - credited with being the last apostle of the independence crusade -  had said the nation's independence would be meaningful if other countries under colonial rule had not been freed.

"We have won the battle and again rededicate ourselves," he said, adding "Our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of Africa."

The history of Ghana has been described by many historians as checkered, fraught with coup d'etats, which ended abruptly regimes of democratically elected leaders.

From March 6, 1957 to March 6, 2017, Ghana has had 11 Presidents and Heads of State. Being one of the democratically elected Presidents in the country, former President Mahama is lauded by sections of Ghanaians for updating the nation's infrastructure.

He lost his bid to get re-elected in the 2016 general elections to then New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Candidate and now President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Looking back to the day the nation was declared free right until he handed-over power to Mr Akufo-Addo, the former President saluted Ghanaians for keeping the dreams of the nation's founders alive.

"I salute all Ghanaians," he said, adding with the right attitudes the nation will achieve whatever it aspires to.