Former President John Mahama has bid an emotional farewell  to Ghanaians a day after leaving office.

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President Mahama handed over power to Akufo-Addo after a crushing defeat at the polls on December 7, bring the number of living former presidents in Ghana to three.

In his post, the former president declared that "I  am proud of Ghanaians. Let's give thanks and praise to God."

President Akufo-Addo yesterday paid a glowing tribute to the former Ghanaian leader and also thanking him for his service to Ghana.

At his inaugural address Saturday, he said: "I have, at the outset, to thank sincerely our departing President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, for his service to our nation.

"He stepped into the breach of national leadership at a delicate moment in the country’s history, with the death in office, for the first time, of a sitting president, the late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills. He has since steered the ship of state with conviction.

"His elegant, dignified acceptance of the verdict of the people on 7 December 2016, will, without doubt, receive the approval of history, for it has contributed significantly to the process of democratic consolidation in Ghana. I wish him and his family well."

On Saturday, former vice president Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur also expressed profound gratitude to the former president for the opportunity to serve in government.

Amissah-Arthur described his boss as someone who was deeply committed to the transformation of Ghana, adding that he adds touch to class.

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In a Facebook post, he said: "President John Mahama was deeply committed to the transformation of Ghana. It was brilliant working with him. He adds a touch of pure class.

"I am profoundly grateful to President Mahama and his government for the opportunity to serve the people of Ghana."