Kufuor Re-Enters Castle

Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor yesterday, Tuesday, November 3, 2009 entered, the seat of government, the Osu Castle, and enviously stared at President John Evans Atta Mills, as he welcomed him and his former African leaders, who belong to the Club Madrid. Former President Kufuor, who sat innocently on the chair located third on the front row from the pulpit in the credential Hall of the Osu Castle, stared at the new crop of Presidential reporters, many of who never had access to cover the Presidency, when he was the President of the country for eight years. His acceptance to speak with the media was surprisingly arranged by Communication Director, Mr Koku Anyidoho, who is known to have bad blood with the former President. Former President Kufuor’s “body-body,” the former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, led his colleague former African leaders, who are attending a conference in Accra, to pay Prof. John Evans Atta Mills a visit. The last time Mr. Kufuor stepped foot at the castle was during the visit of the US president, Barack Obama, in July this year. In a brief remark to introduce his colleagues to President Mills, Obasanjo said they earlier in the early hours of yesterday had a lively roundtable discussion on the economic crisis and it was addressed by the Vice President, Mr John Dramani. Welcoming them, President Mills described them as the most powerful delegation ever to visit him, saying interaction with leaders with experience will help successors chart a path to the benefit of the people they serve. In his words, knowledge is a collection of experience and that when the experiences of the predecessors are put at the disposal of their successors it will help them to continue from where they left. The opinion of ex-President Kufuor on the world crisis was that leaders should at all time be on their toes so that they are not taken by surprise in times of financial and economic crisis. He said African leaders should strive to think out of the box to avoid what he said may bring about the sidelining of African leaders, adding that it is incumbent on leaders to strive to lead their people into the mainstream of globalisation. "Globalisation is a market which is run by businessmen,” he added. The Club Madrid consists of 70 members who are spread across 50 countries and are usually former heads of state.