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I Did my Best As President — Kufuor


Former President John Agyekum-Kufuor would do himself and the entire New Patriotic Party’s constabulary a lot of good by convoking with and exhorting his faction among the greater membership of the party, than so facilely and hypocritically pretending to be above the very fray which he literally and deliberately fomented in the waning months of his two-term tenure, when it became all-too-apparent that his widely rumored favorite political steed in the 2008 Presidential Election was not apt to clinching the nomination of the party.

This has always be talks from his critics on how he led the country during his eight years tenure in office but the former president has said, he regrets nothing he did as President. However, he wished he had carried his vision for the country to the end before his eight-year term of office ended.

The former president served the country from the year 2000 to 2008, his critics has over the time raised concerns about him doing meaningful for the state but he said his plans to develop the bauxite and aluminium industry and the petrochemical industry, and establishing offshore banking could not be realized even though he had gone far with arrangements.

He however expressed gratitude to all Ghanaians for the opportunity they gave him to serve the country and believe he led the state to a betterment.

Prize Fellowship

Mr Kufuor said this in a chat with the Daily Graphic at his residence in Accra last Friday when a son of Professor William Abraham, Mr Henry Abraham, who was honoured for winning a Prize Fellowship at  the All Souls College of  the Oxford University in 1959, called on him.

Test case

The former President said “one test case that shook me to the roots was the Yendi crisis in which the Ya Na was killed. It caused me sleepless nights”.  He is not happy that in spite of his efforts at resolving the crisis, it remains unresolved to date.

The former President, who turns 80 on December 8, this year, however counts himself blessed and lucky for going through his constitutional term without being kicked out by military intervention.

Asked how he was spending retirement, he said “my home is now like  a town hall where people from both home and abroad visit for different purposes, including advice. Some visits are unannounced and I am enjoying them.” He is also writing his memoir.

However he is very optimistic the current administration led by President Akufo-Addo will deliver and that,Ghanaians should rally behind him.

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