Son of Ghana’s founding father and great Pan Africanist, Sekou Nkrumah has reacted to comments made by Former President John Agyekum Kuffour about his late father, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Ex president Kuffour in a recent interview called out Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, accusing him of the numerous woes facing the country today.
According to him, Nkrumah’s lack of vision for the country at the time and his rush for industrialization is what caused Ghana’s underdevelopment.
“When we gained independence we just zoomed into industrialization so we started building factories. If your memories serve you right, in the first republic there were several factories scattered across. That involved a lot of money. The money which was at the Bank of Ghana. That time we were 6 million people in Ghana and the reserves comparing it to now would have been billions because in 1957 it was about 450 million dollars.
Comparatively, countries that are now been used as an example of developed countries like Korea, China and others could not be compared to us at all. Just four years after independence and even before Ghana’s population got to ten million people, all the reserves were gone.
This was because we were running, we wanted to build factories. Shoe factory, leather factory. We didn’t take our time to plan and also make the treasury gain some interest in it. We just started chopping the capital. You don’t chop your capital. That is why the economy collapsed,” Ex President Kuffour was quoted by MyNewsGh as having said.
But for Sekou, who was very young at the time his father was overthrown in 1966, the comments made by Kuffour is be disregarded.
In a brief Facebook post sighted GhanaVanguard.com, Sekou wrote: “I think the ex president’s remarks on Nkrumah should be ignored completely!”