- Dr. Kwame Nkrumah has been ranked Ghana’s best-ever president
- President Akufo-Addo made the cut as the country’s second-best president in history with his rival John Mahama placing fourth
- Akufo-Addo’s industrialisation agenda got him the second spot
A Ghanaian soldier who fought in World War II says President Nana Akufo-Addo is Ghana’s second-best president ever.
The 96-year-old, WO1 Ashietey Hammond, ranked Dr. Kwame Nkrumah the best-ever head of state in the history of Ghana.
According to him, after witnessing all the presidents in the country’s history and their policies, Professor John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama will be third and fourth respectively.
WO1 Ashitey Hammond is the only survivor among the 210 soldiers who fought in WWII.
Speaking to Accra-based TV3, he said President Akufo-Addo is the only president after Nkrumah to commit towards industrialising the local economy.
“I have seen all the presidents that have come…number one is Kwame Nkrumah, number two is Akufo-Addo. I must be frank with you,” he stated.
According to him, the president’s attitude towards anti-corruption campaigners like former Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo and former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu is unfortunate.
“When President Akufo-Addo admonished that we should be citizens and not spectators, I thought the messiah had arrived. But, I no longer believe he's the messiah. He fights anybody who is fighting corruption,” APlus said on Starr FM’s Starr Chat on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
He said but for the bad counseling he is getting from those around him, Akufo-Addo would have been a “fantastic” president.
APlus continued that the president is no more the “I believe in Ghana person” because he spent years fighting people fighting corruption.
President Akufo-Addo forced the former Auditor-General into early retirement following a challenge to his nationality and retirement age by the Audit Service Board.
According to the Board, the revered anti-corruption crusader cannot resume work because he is not a Ghanaian and that he had also falsified his date of birth.
Domelevo, the Board said was born in 1960, and as a result, he was due for retirement on June 1, 2020.
Those details were, however, changed by Domelevo on October 25, 1992, when he completed and signed a SSNIT Change of Beneficiary Nomination form.
In the letter dated March 3, 2021, Akufo-Addo said he believed that Domelevo is retired hence cannot remain in office.
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