-Acting NPP general secretary, John Boadu has said Dr Kwame Nkrumah is the greatest African
-Mr Boadu's statement sharply contradicts President Akufo-Addo's recent claim of South Africa's Nelson Mandela being the greatest
Acting General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has contradicted President Nana Akufo-Addo's position on the legacy of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first president.
Contrary to President Akufo-Addo's view of South Africa's Nelson Mandela as the greatest African, John Boadu believes Dr Nkrumah should be the holder of that accolade.
Though Dr Nkrumah is widely considered as the greatest African after a poll on BBC at the turn of the millenium named him as such, the NPP and its leaders have always disagreed.
President Akufo-Addo affirmed tjis position in his recent tribute to South African musician, Hugh Masakela in which he described Mandela as the greatest African.
Bit answering a point blank question, on Starr FM's Starr Chat which was monitored by YEN.com.gh on Wednesday, on whether Dr Nkrumah was the greatest African Leader, the acting NPP general secretary said “he is.”
He, however, explained that though Dr Nkrumah's vision was good, he did not get right people to deal with leading him to be corrupted by power.
“…The thinking is good, only that he didn’t get the right people to deal with…but sometimes as the political philosophers will say power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely.
"Because there was no sense at all for Nkrumah to turn this country into a one party state…but he is [greatest African]", YEN.com.gh heard him say.
Mr Boadu's admission is rather interesting as his party has at points in time even argued that Dr Nkrumah was not the founder of Ghana but one of the founders.
The current government has even changed the clebration Founder's Day from the original 21st September birthday of Dr Nkrumah to Founders' on August 4, the day Ghana's first political party, United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), was founded.
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