Akufo–Addo has been sworn in as Ghana’s President for the second term in a dramatic comeback amid strong opposition from John Dramani Mahama. During the ushering in of the Eighth Parliament, the Chamber of Parliament in Ghana witnessed a furore by the members of parliament belonging to the opposition party – the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who flexed their muscles and occupied the seats reserved for the majority group – the New Patriotic Party (NPP), claiming it their “right”. The members of NPP who calmly let go the situation by occupying the seats meant for the minority party pacified the situation. Earlier the opposition leader John Mahama had approached the Supreme Court challenging the election results.
Coincidently this ugly political scenario is a reminder of the U.S.A.’s Trump-Biden tug of war which saw Donald Trump refuting Joe Biden’s victory as being null and void. This has triggered the bitterest animosity in the U.S.A when Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol Hill in a rage against Biden.
The pooh-poohing and the air of animosity that prevail are just teething problems for the leaders of two great countries. The behemoth among the challenges is unfortunately the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that threatens to strike back. For President Akufo-Addo and President Joe Biden the question that arises is, “how far have the air of awareness, responsibility and a rational lifestyle of their respective countries counteracted the impact of the pandemic?”
By taking just a few steps back in time and going by the conspicuous facts and figures one can conclude that Biden has a tougher nut to crack.