‘It’s not been easy’ – Akufo-Addo confesses struggle with difficult Covid-19 decisions

“I would do what I felt was right to protect the people of Ghana,” President Akufo-Addo said

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says “It’s not been easy” making difficult decisions to protect the lives of Ghanaians amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s not been easy. You can imagine the decisions we have to take to disrupt the lives of our people. They are very difficult decisions to take,” the President said.

“When you’re put in a position of leadership and you’re confronted with a situation, you have a choice. Either to fall back and look up and say ‘Oh God, what can I do?’, or you stand up and act like a man and try to protect the people who have been out in your care. And I chose the latter, that I would do what I felt was right to protect the people of Ghana,” he said at a meeting with Muslim leaders at the Jubilee House on Wednesday.

A section of Ghanaians has been displeased with the President’s decision to ban all forms of gathering, including churches and prayers at mosques due to the rapid spread of the virus.

But the President said those decisions were in the interest of Ghanaians as the number of cases in the country rises to 1,154.

“I would do what I felt was right to protect the people of Ghana,” he said while acknowledging the difficulty his decisions have brought on Ghanaians.

“For instance, today is the eve of Ramadan and mosques are not operating. It is the first time in my lifetime that Ramadan is going to be celebrated without mosques being open. These are very difficult times and they require difficult decisions to be taken.”

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