Political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Dr Kwasi Amakye Boateng has described President Nana Akufo Addo as a braggart whose utterances may anger the west and would end up failing like Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
“Nkrumah got his politics wrong and that is why he failed; it is the same path Nana Addo is treading on with the kind of speeches he has been making”, he fumed on angel in the morning with Kwame Tanko on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
President Nana Akufo Addo received world acclaim after he delivered a speech at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, when among other things he told world leaders to discard any notion that the movement of Ghana and some African countries towards China would result in the recolonization of the continent by a new power.
“This is not a uniquely Ghanaian or African phenomenon. It has not been lost on us that the developed, rich and well-established countries have been paying regular visits to China and seeking to open new economic ties and improve upon existing ones,” he noted.
Addressing the 73rd UN General Assembly meeting, the President opined that Ghana, like many countries in Africa, was forging relations with China to make arrangements to help address infrastructure deficit back home.
“We in Ghana must build roads, bridges, railways, ports, schools and hospitals and we must create jobs to keep our young people engaged,” he said.
President Akufo Addo has also since his assumption of office in January 2017, been championing the “Ghana beyond aid” agenda, but the free spirited lecturer maintains, the move is to tow the line of Dr Kwame Nkrumah by wanting to leave a name in Africa and not to really make a difference.
“You don’t bite the hands that feed you”, he asserted and described the presidents approach to finding economic freedom for Ghana as “offensive to international politics”.
“International politics is real politics; the UN is not a world government so if you and stand there and brag, you would only be making noise. But if you reveal your ambitions and world leaders think it would not be in their interest, they will stop you”, he said of the president’s speech at the UN.
“Nana Addo’s utterances will not help him and would not help Ghana; the United Nations is not a forum for bragging; he should tell that when he meets African leaders”, he advised.