EDITOR'S NOTE: This piece purely expresses the perceptions of the writer hence based on opinion and journalistic judgement.
Even as he turns 57 years; celebrating the joys of an added life, President John Dramani remains one of several African leaders who severely regrets being president of the fourth republic of Ghana. In fact, with the constant criticisms he has had to bear ever since he took off from his predecessor, the late Professor John Evans Atta Mills, one can say for sure that President John Dramani Mahama would heave a huge sigh of relief once he is done leading the nation be it in a year's time or other year's time.
Let us not say he is used to the barrage of insults and blames hurled on him across every radio station - in fact, the president I can opine, barely listens to the radio or even sits behind the television because we all know it would be a reason to contract a heart attack!
On the international scene, President Mahama is bound to meet with world leaders feeling inferior and highly defeated - he barely can compare himself with the high achievements of his peers like Jacob Zumah of South Africa who has been revered the master of reforms in the course of his term as President of South Africa - the economic improvements in South Africa making the nation the largest economy in Africa is enough reason to duff your hat to a person like him. Our dear president Mahama on the side, remembering the complete shrinking of Ghana's economic growth from 14% to less than 5%; an export led economy, a weakened currency, huge external debts...left to Mahama, he would be thinking 'what a burden I have inherited!'. To be frank, President Mahama survives the hurls of presidency mainly because of the public relations expertise his government has been blessed with over the years. Unlike Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Mahamadu Buhari of Nigeria, Ouattarra of Ivory Coast and the others who barely know what magic social media does, the John Mahama administration we can say is the only administration using the power of social media and public relations as a cover up to their burdens and woes. But behind the charades, President Mahama is truly regretful even as he attempts contesting this time around come the 2016 general elections.
Coming here in Ghana, no one is to tell us that the President is faced with the most burdensome of tasks which outweighs that of his age and maturity! Stark corruption, weak institutions, loud-mouthed serial callers who call to either incriminate or mock the president, political parties who find fault with every step he takes...the list goes on and on. Even with the recent coming on board of the emergency power barge which we are told is to cushion the burden of Ghanaians in the wake of the worsened power crisis, President Mahama still gets faced with an unsatisfied mass who just see the power barge as another quest for ''cheap'' political points.
Times are hardest for President John Dramani Mahama - even his grey hair tells it all that President Mahama thinks a lot day and night, second upon second over how regretful he ever is to be president at this time in the fourth republic. But he has no choice does he? He is the first man of the land, the commander-in-chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, he can suck it up!
Regrets or no regrets, President Mahama should be thankful that he has had the chance to see another year added to his life. We wish him all the best in his endeavors especially as he plans contesting the 2016 election - much challenges, more regrets and most of all, hard choices would it be for the president's taking!