Ghanaians must not mince words when criticizing politicians because that is what political leaders need to “get their bearings right,” former President John Kufuor said.
He said the public must speak up to put leaders on their toes.
“It is high time, I believe, people talked brutally frank to political leaders, so they will get their bearings right,” Kufuor said at the 10th anniversary lecture of the late Oyeeman Wereko Ampem II, Gyasehene of Akuapem and Amanokromhene over the weekend.
“We need our technocrats to dare to speak. Speak up and let the politicians who will not appreciate do what they should.”
According to him, leaders need bold people around them to say it as it is because a president or minister is not all-knowing.
“I think our society needs more Omaboes, people who understand the forces of change around us, both locally and internationally,” Kufuor said.
The lecture was jointly organised by the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation, the Atta Mills Memorial Foundation and the University of Ghana.
He told the gathering at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana: “We must make our democracy sounder. We must give our citizens reason to believe in what we’ve built and to trust our institutions. We must strive to become what the rest of the world is so keen to see. We must eliminate the Ghana paradox.”