Ghana ex-President, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor has said that one cannot hope to change Africa if the lives of the ordinary people are not first changed.
The 82-year-old statesman tweeted in the early hours of Monday, May 10, 2021 on his official Twitter handle.
“Unless you transform the lives of ordinary people, you cannot hope to transform Africa.”
The tweet, as at the time of Africa Articles’ report, had generated 12,000+ likes, close to 3,000 retweets and in excess of, 2,000 comments on it.
The post by Mr. Kufuor has also received a lot of mixed reactions as some Ghanaian social media users have either been agreeing with him or calling him out, asking if he didn’t know that when he was president.
The former Ghanaian leader’s tweet comes in the wake of Ghanaian youths across the country protesting online against hardships in the country and holding the government to account as they demand better conditions, under the hashtag #FixTheCountry.
The youths had an online demonstration on Sunday, May 9, 2021 after they were denied by a Court injunction from having a planned in-person demonstration at the Black Star Square in the national capital Accra. As a result, they took to social media where Ghanaian youths in different parts of the country took photos of themselves and posted them online.
In the virtual protest, they were seen clad in black attires with placards displaying several problems or were spotted close to abandoned projects or poor facilities in their communities in the country to register their grievances.
It is however unclear if former president Kufuor’s tweet has any connection with the #FixTheCountry movement which has been going on for weeks now.
J. A. Kufuor served as the President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009. He was also Chairperson of the African Union from 2007 to 2008.