- John Dramani Mahama is wishing Ghanaians well as the country celebrates its 61st anniversary
- Mahama was not present at the 61st independence anniversary
- Thousands of Ghanaians thronged at the Independence Square to observe the parade
The former president, John Dramani Mahama, failed to turn up at the 61st Independence Parade for reasons yet to be confirmed.
Checks by YEN.com.gh show that only the former president, Jerry Rawlings and former vice president, Amissah Arthur, were at the VIP section where Nana Addo shook hands with state officials.
But the former president rather took to his Facebook page to extend his solidarity message to Ghanaians.
"May the commemoration of our Independence Day continue to trigger in us, a high sense of nationalism, patriotism, and love for humankind that will contribute meaningfully to national growth and prosperity," Mahama stated.
Dubbed "Ghana beyond aid", the event saw the president touch on the progress being made by the government to address the issue of depending on aid for development. This year's event saw the president of Nigeria, Buhari, also attend plus other high political officials and also members of the diplomatic corps.
The president and his delegation, which includes, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, will return to Abuja after the celebrations on Tuesday.
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