"Times come when we have to squeeze ourselves a bit to do the precious things that we need in life. We cannot have money in our pockets when the roads are not good so when I win the second term then we will start putting money in your pockets".
Mr. Mahama served as the Vice President from 2009 to 2012, and took office as President on 24 July, 2012 following the demise of his predecessor Prof. John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills.
As our Commander In Chief celebrates his birthday today, we have compiled a list of 10 quotes from him that may surprise you.
1. "You can only have money in your pocket if you work and earn. Nobody is going to come to your house and say put this in your pocket. You have to come out and take the opportunity that presents themselves. Learn a skill, go into the world of work and you will be able to put money in your pocket”, speaking at the GBC’s organized Presidential Encounter.
2. "I have seen more demonstrations and strikes in my first two years. I don't think it can get worse. It is said that when you kill a goat and you frighten it with a knife, it doesn't fear the knife because it is dead already. I have a dead-goat syndrome". Ghana's President John Mahama, being dismissive in March of the protests against his government.
3. "Michael Jackson sang, 'heal the world. make the world a better place for you and for me... and the entire human race...What happened to that enthusiasm?" - he quizzed the world’s leaders while delivering an address at the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York.
4. “I think that we must deal with this without creating panic amongst our people and that is why the stories we see in the papers today are most unfortunate.” President John Mahama has urged Ghanaians not to panic over the terror alert released by the National Security.
5. ”We must retool our nation to prepare for the challenge we already face to maintain our position in the global economy. And this much is certain: America will not have national security without economic security.”
6. "Everybody recognises that Ghana is rising", he told Journalist on his arrival in Accra after meeting with with French President Francois Hollande in Élysée Palace in Paris, France.
8. “The point is we are borrowing, but we are borrowing sensibly. Seriously, no country develops with its own resources alone especially countries in Africa".
9. Sometimes I feel sad when I see some of our northern brothers running and also doing this. They will use you and dump you. Let anything happen today and let our brother Bawumia say he is standing for president in NPP. They will never give it to him I can assure you".
10. “The American elections have just ended. Both candidates, a central plank of their economic policy is to invest massively in social and economic infrastructure. And if we have started that in Ghana already, it means we are one step ahead of the United States".