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Rawlings marks 34 years of Dec 31 Revolution

Speaking at the wreath-laying ceremony, the former President said it has become necessary for Ghanaians to fight the corruption, greed and selfishness which has become the order of the day in the country.

 

Former President Jerry John Rawlings on Thursday, December 31, 2015, marked the 34th anniversary of the 31st December Revolution, at the Revolutionary Square in Accra.

“I keep saying the people of this country are peace loving people and it is important that we do not take the peace loving nature of Ghanaians for granted.”

“From what I can see, it appears that, the colour of this democracy is very different from the power of democracy we knew from 1982 to 1992 and also very different from the colour of the democracy we knew from the constitutional period of 1992 to 2000.”

Speaking on the significance of the 31st revolution, the former President said the revolution should serve as a constant reminder of what led to the revolt of June 4, 1979 and the 31st December 1981 revolution.

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“We should be asking ourselves that what happened especially from the year 2000... the colour of those revolutions contained a strong sense of justice, truthfulness and freedom and the spirit of defiance.

“It seems a little too different from what we used to know from the spirit of defiance that could contain, the greed and selfishness. This has given way to so much corruption and pain in this country,” he added.

Present at the ceremony were Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Minister of Fisheries, Sherry Ayittey, and the governing party’s deputy General Secretary, George Lawson.

Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Ghana.

The Otublohum Mantse and President of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II also laid a wreath on behalf of all traditional leaders.

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The December 31, 1981 revolution toppled Dr Hilla Limann of the Third Republic.

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