Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has stated that Ghana needs strong visionary leaders who possess an understanding of modern world trends in order to turn the country’s dwindling economic fortunes round.
According to the former president, despite a period of relative stability which made the country a destination for investors, poor management of the economy has resulted in its current state.
Former President Kufuor, who was speaking at Prempeh College’s Pearson Osae Lectures in Accra, called for a tougher approach in dealing with officials of government who have fallen foul of the law.
“Our country is in crisis now. We seem to be losing our way. We started off with so much promise but within a short time, we started faltering economically,” he said.
“When we talk leadership, we need leadership that understands the world. We don’t want saints to be our leaders, everything should be on balance.”
There have been several accusations levelled against the government for taking a more lenient stance in instances of misdemeanors by state officials.
“We are also governed by a constitution. We must try to keep within the constitution as much as possible. If we should deviate, we shouldn’t be sentimental at all, we should try to enforce the law, nobody is above the law,” he stated.
The former president has been very vocal ahead of the elections in December calling on Ghanaians to exercise their voting rights with circumspection, bearing in mind that a vote for the wrong set of people will have dire consequences on their quality of life.
He pointed out that “leadership is key in driving societal change and development and so Ghanaians must carefully consider the choices that will be placed before them during elections and elections within the armbits of the law we need leadership that understands the world”.