His comments follow claims by the former president that Ghana is in economic crisis. Mr Kufour said, while speaking at Prempeh College’s Pearson Osae Lectures in Accra, that: “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 blamed the situation on lack of effective leadership, stressing: “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.”
He also stressed the need for a tougher approach in dealing with officials of government who had fallen foul of the law.
“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.
But speaking on Accra-based Onua FM, Mr Nukpenu said: “Mr Kufour and his people should accept that they have pushed us to where we are today, he is part of the problem. It was under his leadership that poultry production disintegrated. It was under his watch that pharmaceutical industry slumped, so what is he saying?”
According to him, if economic situations under Mr Kufuor were that glamorous, he would not have taken the decision to sell the country’s assets to defray costs and also pay wages.
“Where else will ex-President Kufuor be talking like that, saying Ghana is in crisis, what crisis is he talking about? He should not be the one saying all these when he is the worst president in history. Things became so bad that he had to sell Ghana Telecom to pay salaries, even at a time he was about exiting. How can that person turn round and suggest that the country is now in crisis. Which crisis?”