“The leadership that Ghana deserves is one of a level 5 leader. A level 5 leader according to Jim Collins, “Good to Great” book displays a powerful mixture of personal humility and indomitable will. They are incredibly ambitious, but their ambition is first and foremost for the cause, for their organisation they lead, their country and its purpose, not themselves”.

It further added that “Level 5 leaders develop Level 5 countries. They create opportunities other leaders don’t. They create a legacy in what they do. People follow them because of who they are and what they represent. In other words, their leadership gains a positive reputation. As a result, Level 5 leaders often transcend their position, their country, and sometimes their industry or organisations”.

Ghana has more than seventy ethnic groups. The major ethnic groups in Ghana include the Akan at 47.5% of the population, the Mole-Dagbon at 16.6%, the Ewe at 13.9%, the Ga-Dangme at 7.4%, the Gurma at 5.7%, the Guang at 3.7%, the Grusi at 2.5%, the Kusaasi at 1.2%, and the Bikpakpaam a.k.a. Konkomba people at 3.5%. It is from these seventy ethnic groups that makes Ghana what it is today, the statement read in part.

It continued that, the leadership of Kandifo Institute is taken aback by the comment made by Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the National Democratic Congress Candidate for the 2020 Presidential elections in bad taste to the entire polity of democracy.

The statement concluded by the fact that “It is interesting to note that Nana Sir Ofori Atta 1(1881-1943), Okyehene or Paramount Chief of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Nationalist, Educator, second African member of the

Gold Coast Legislative Assembly and a founding member of Achimota School. Circa 1928 one of the largest and wealthiest kingdoms of the then Gold Coast Colony (now Ghana), one of the star politicians of the Gold Coast after his knighthood by Queen Elizabeth. Circa 1927 is from the ethnic group which Mr. Mahama describes in this unpleasant way”.

The statement was signed the Executive Director of Kandifo Institute in the person of Mr Palgrave Boakye-Danquah.

PALGRAVE BOAKYE-DANQUAH (Executive Director, Kandifo Institute)

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