Nana Addo in his speech Saturday:
I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation. Let us work until the work is done.
In a speech in 1913, Wilson said:
We are bound by ideals that teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these ideals. Every citizen must uphold them…. I ask you to be citizens. Citizens, not spectators. Citizens, not subjects. Responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.
Per checks, the only difference in the statement was the replacement of ‘Americans’ with ‘Ghanaians’.
Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people…
Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Americans have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us.