John Kufuor

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John Kufuor

John Kofi Agyekum Kuffuor (born 8 December 1938) is a Ghanaian politician who 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.


  • As a leader one cardinal attribute that you should possess is vision. Your vision should lead you to accept that things can be made better, and that you’re prepared with the knowledge you have acquired, consultations with fellow stakeholders, and wisdom that you must have as a leader to make it happen – the betterment of society.
  • Ours is not a poor country and even though we are now a poor people, there should be no room for the despondency that has settled on large sections of the population.
  • Another problem afflicting higher education is the brain drain of faculty to the more advanced parts of the world. The striking feature of this challenge is that because of poor conditions of service, the faculty is not able to attract young lecturers.
  • I didn't go into politics to make money. I just believed there was some mission for me to pursue to better a lot of our society.
  • I didn’t reshuffle just for the frequency of it; no. The president’s role is like the coach; not just a team leader. You have to know what your ministers are doing: whether they are being positive or whether they’re just being average when you expect more from them.
  • With the population explosion, everybody is expecting something from the centre, and the centre not being able to provide; this compounds the corruption …there is a ground of unhappiness and of protest. I’m hopeful that along the way, corruption might be tackled effectively and hopefully government should be more accountable.

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