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President Akufo-Addo Receives Africa Peace Award

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The Young Democrat Union of Africa (YDUA) has conferred the Africa Peace Award on H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his enormous contributions to the growth and sustenance of peace and freedoms not just in Ghana but the West African sub-region and Africa as a whole.

The Award, which was presented on behalf of the Union by the Rt Hon Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada and Chairman of the International Democrat Union and assisted by Mrs Louisa Atta-Agyemang, President of YDUA, was received on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, at the Jubilee House, Accra on Wednesday, 4th May, 2022.

A citation accompanying the award read in part:
“In recent years it has taken very strong personalities in leadership to foster the rule of law, democracy and media tolerance on the African political landscape. These strong persons continue to serve not only as stewards of the democracy and peace on the continent but the standard of lessons for many young people.

“At the Young Democrat Union of Africa, we believe strongly that honouring the standards of yesterday and today is a critical part of creating the standards of tomorrow. This principle embodies the many steps we have taken towards today.

“This award represents our collective values as a people and center right leaders, our values of Rule of Law, Respect for Human Freedom and Rights, Democracy, Peace and Stability…

“Our decision to honour the works of this very astute man for his decades of service to rule of law, democracy, press freedom and peace is not only admirable but presents great lessons to many. From his staunch advocacy against human rights violations to his work to repeal the Criminal Libel Law of Ghana that placed so much restrictions on freedom of expression, his famous decision to accept the verdict of Ghana’s Supreme Court after the controversial 2012 elections will continue to hang as standards for everyone who puts peace above personal interest.

“In recent times, his work to restore peace in the Dagbon Kingdom of Ghana after almost 2 decades of Kingship related conflict has been celebrated by many, both in Ghana and on the international scene.

“In all, his efforts to ensure that Ghana is enjoying peace and stability is enviable and his steps towards averting the urge for undemocratic regime change in West Africa as Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, we believe is worth commending considering the prospects.

“On this day, 4th May, 2022, on behalf of Young Democrat Union of Africa, I invite Rt Hon Stephen Harper to help us, present to His Excellency the 5th President of the 4th Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, YDUA AFRICA PEACE AWARD.”

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