Sam Okudzeto, former president of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has said that President John Mahama should use his final State of the Nation address to render an apology to President Jerry J. Rawlings.
According to the veteran lawyer, President Mahama's final State of the Nation address will be the perfect opportunity to apologize and make amends with President Rawlings for alienating him during his four-year tenure in office.
The Veteran lawyer said that he thought it was normal for a president to step on a few toes while in office.
"Normally if you are leaving office, you may try to apologize to people you may have hurt or harmed … that’s one thing he should do. It is natural. You can never be in office without hurting people,” said the veteran lawyer.
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As far as an apology is concerned, Mr. Okudzeto went on to justify the need for an apology by reminding that President Rawlings is the founder of the National Democratic Congress, and that he - President Rawlings - deserved to be respected accordingly.
"That is very important also because I think he has so much alienated himself from him, and I think he needs to apologise for that because he was the founder of the party, no matter what happened nobody can deny that. And he needed to be accorded that respect. But I think a lot of the young people around Mahama have been rude to [former] president Rawlings and I think that is something that he on behalf of those people should apologise to Rawlings for, that should be part of his address.”