How Obasanjo Saved Ghana’s Economy From Collapse –Kufuor

Former President of
Ghana, John Kofi
Agyekum Kufuor, has
described Nigeria’s
former president,
Chief Olusegun
Obasanjo as ‘a
prophet’ and ‘a living
legend’
who stands solid as a
rock of
Gibraltar.Kufuor, on
Friday, in a lecture
he delivered at a
programme to
celebrate the former
president at the
Olusegun Obasanjo
Presidential Library,
Abeokuta, Ogun
state, southwest
Nigeria, was full of
praise for the
former ruler. While
acknowledging Obasanjo’s legendary status, Kufuor said that
very few people are celebrated while they are alive, and in
most cases, people wait until when leaders passed on before
they were celebrated.
“Obasanjo is a prophet recognised in his own town and indeed
in the whole of Africa. There are two things which a few
people know that bound me and Obasanjo together. And this
will be the first time I will mention it in the public.
“I was in government in my country between 2001 and 2009
while Obasanjo was in power from 1999 to 2007. When I
assumed office in Ghana, I met an economy that was flat on
its tommy, everything was grounded. The fuel we had in Ghana
then could not last us a day. International communities were
packing out of Ghana. After consultation with my executive, I
concluded to go to Abuja and pleaded with Obasanjo to lift
embargo on NNPC of lifting fuel to neighbbouring countries
including Ghana. My plea was immediately granted and that
was how Ghana’s economy came back on its feet.”
Again, the former Ghanian leader narrated his second
encounter with Obasanjo in Washington, USA. He said when
Ghana needed $90 million to execute the West African Gas
Pipeline Project, he approached the then Nigerian president
and without ado, he (Obasanjo) raised $40 million to assist
the project.
Kufuor therefore praised and prayed for long life for the
former Nigerian president

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