The President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo how showers praises on Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia as being a Far-sighted political thinker.
The president made this statement at compilation of an audiobook lunch to honor the memory of Professor Busia entitled: “The Prof” A Heart of Faith, from “Poor Boy” to Prime Minister”, at the Quodesh (Lighthouse Chapel).
The president in his speech here, the developmetal phase of Ghana would have been different had the former prime minister stayed in power and not overthrown.
“As the eldest child of my father, Edward Akufo-Addo, then President of the 2nd Republic, I had the privilege to witness at first hand, his excellent leadership skills, his vision for the development of our country and the sacrifices he made towards the creation of the free, democratic Ghana in which we now live”.
The president in his speech added, “Today as we celebrate his legacy, we commemorate also the 109th anniversary of his birth, the 44th anniversary of his death, and the 53rd anniversary of the famous victory of the progress party he led in the 1969 general elections. I dare say our nation, and indeed, Africa, has not seen a more far sighted political thinker thank Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia,”
Touching on what the overthrow of Busia Government deprived meant Ghana’s development, the President Nana Akufo-Addo said, Ghana has been the poorer for the overthrow .
“The overthrow of the second republic and the progress party government, meant that our country was deprived of the full impact of his agenda for development”.
“The case have gone to show that we turned out to be the poorer for it. We can imagine for example, where our nation would have been now if he had been given the opportunity to develop his visionary programme of rural development”.
The audiobook launched is a compilation of letters that Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia, exchanged with his live long friend and mentor, Rev William Whittle. Professor Busia’s daughter, Akosua Busia, authored the book.
Professor Busia was born in the traditional kingdom of Wenchi, in the then Brong Ahafo Region, one of the four Gold Coast Territories, then under British rule and now called Ghana.
He was educated at Methodist School, Wenchi, Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast, then at Wesley College, Kumasi, from 1931 to 1932. He taught at Wesley College and left to study at Achimota College in 1935 and taught there.