In his view, a great majority of African leaders are terminally corrupt and focus only on amassing wealth at the expense of the welfare of the citizenry.
“When visionary leaders are thinking of the future, African leaders are thinking of the next election and how to loot the state,” he bemoaned.
Nana Obiri-Boahen made the comment on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme on Friday while justifying his decision to stay out of active partisan politics.
He said present African leaders are “good for nothing and irresponsible” who have mismanaged the numerous natural resources on the continent.
Why do we borrow from the [West] when we have all the rich resources?” he quizzed.
Nana Obiri-Boahen indicated that despite the establishment of constitutional democracy, African leaders continue to exercise power in unprincipled and pernicious ways, using the machinery of government to harass opponents.
Citing the numerous corruption scandals in the Mahama-led administration, the former Interior Minister said he is disappointed in politicians in this country.
“I’m fed up; this NDC administration led by President Mahama had the opportunity to correct the wrongs of previous governments, but it’s rather worst,” he bemoaned.
Nana Obiri-Boahen said until African leaders quit their insatiable quest for power, Africa will remain impoverished.