A total number of 13 presidents of various African nations have confirmed that they will be attending the swearing-in ceremony of President Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Bawumia on Thursday, January 7 2021.
This was made public by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey who doubles as the Head of the Inauguration Committee a press briefing in Accra on Tuesday, January 5.
Countries which cannot have their presidents in attendance will have representatives as in their Foreign Minister of High Diplomats.
These presidents and/or representatives will be coming from countries like Gambia, India, France, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Niger.
“So far we have several Heads of States and governments who have accepted or who are going to be part of the ceremony,” Madam Botchwey said.
“Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Niger, and the other countries that will be represented, such as The Gambia and Nigeria by the Foreign Ministers.”
“We’ll have the Foreign Minister of India, the Foreign Minister of France, Foreign Minister of Rwanda, Foreign Minister of Gabon, we also have the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Gambia, we have the UK Minister for Africa. We have the US Special Envoy for the Sahel, of course, we have the President of ECOWA Commission, and we also have the Chairperson of the AU Commission. We have representatives of the Conservative Party from the United Kingdom, and we have representatives of the CDU and allied parties from Germany, so far these are the confirmations we have”.
Locally, it is expected that former President John Agyekum Kufuor will be in attendance although it is not very clear if former President John Mahama will grace the occasion especially when he is still disputing the 2020 election results.