President John Dramani Mahama turned 57 on Sunday, November 29 and there have been tonnes of birthday wishes to the first gentleman of the land.
Top on the list of personalities who have taken the time off to send a birthday message to the president are two ‘former’ friends – John Dumelo and Yvonne Nelson – who had a fallout because of the first gentleman.
The two had a fallout because of their views on the current power crisis (popularly called Dumsor) and a troubled economy that Ghanaians are still grappling with.
On May 16 this year, Yvonne Nelson led some celebrities, including Sarkodie and DKB, to hold a vigil – #?dumsormuststop – aimed at putting pressure on the government to find a solution to the severe power crisis.
The peaceful procession pulled one of the biggest crowds ever seen in the country.
Shortly after that, the actress and John Dumelo had a Twitter fight with Yvonne calling John an “a** kisser” for holding a divergent view on the #dumsormuststop campaign.
On the president’s birthday Sunday, the actress reminded the president that he needs to end the power crisis.
She said on Twitter: “Didn’t know our president was a November born. happy birthday mr president but #dumsormuststop @JDMahama cake for you”.
John on the other hand prayed for the president and asked for God’s blessings for the first gentleman to continue transforming Ghana and the African continent.
He said on Instagram: “Dear Mr President, I pray God grants you many years of good leadership and may you bask in the glory of The Holy Spirit. May God cause your good works to continue transforming Ghana and the African continent. We need more gentle souls like you. Happy birthday H.E. John Mahama. God bless you and God bless Ghana. Yours faithfully, John Matthew Dumelo. #BetterGhana #melomoment #wehavefaithinyou”.
President Mahama himself said on Facebook on his birthday that he will live up to the oath he took to serve the people of Ghana.
He said: “So soon another year of my life has passed. I took an oath to dedicate myself to the service and well-being of the people of Ghana, and I stand firmly by that oath. I am humbled by your support, and I thank you all for your kind wishes. I will continue to serve all of you with all my heart and soul! May God bless you all! May God bless our homeland Ghana!”