During the 2021 Ghana Bar Conference in Bolgatanga on Monday, September 13, 2021, President Akufo-Addo said, “Democracy has been beneficial for the continent and our country. We know, however, that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and vigilant we shall be here in Ghana. We shall not let our guard down and allow the clammy embrace of the people by anti-democrats, who are disdainful and incapable of effective popular mobilisation through accepted channels, but who want shortcuts to power without the express support of the people.”
The Ghanaian President insisted that all sectors have experienced significant growth and improvement under the democratic allowances compared to the era of military rule. The president said, “The 1970s and 1980s, the periods of an unbridled authoritarian rule on the continent, were the eras of economic decline, worsening poverty, collapsing infrastructure and insecurity on our continent. GDP per capita in 1970, for example, according to the World Bank, stood at $220. The third wave of democratization in Africa, beginning in the 1990s, saw GDP per capita rise substantially, to six hundred and five dollars ($605) in 1995, declined marginally to five hundred and forty-seven dollars ($547) in the year 2000, and, in 2017, increased to one thousand, five hundred and fifty dollars ($1,550).”
According to the president, the GDP per capita was $398 in 1990, $258 in 2000and is currently at $2223. “The decision has ushered our nation into the longest, uninterrupted period of stable, constitutional democratic governance in her history, which has experienced, under the 4th Republic, three peaceful transfers of power through the ballot box on three (3) separate occasions. The anti-democrats, who are always looking for occasions to sneer at democratic governance, should also bear the following data in mind,” he said.