President Nana Akufo-Addo said African leaders must not expect non-Africans to help them develop their countries. Instead he urged them to develop Africa with African resources.
He said that most African leaders are in power at a time when the continent needs to be reshaped.
“The most important thing is to recognise the need for us to stand on our own two feet and resolve African problems with African resources and African personnel,” he said during a visit to Burkina Faso.
“We cannot and will not accept that other people can come and develop the continent of Africa for us. It will not happen, and the sooner all of us work together and recognise the necessity of collaborating on a platform that will lead to the prosperity of our peoples, the better,” he added.
President Nana Akufo-Addo was speaking when he met his Burkinabe counterpart Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.
Speaking on the fight against terrorism, President Akufo-Addo assured President Kaboré that “in Nana Akufo-Addo and in his government, the people of Burkina Faso have a strong and steadfast friend.”
He added that the rest of Africa appreciates Burkina Faso’s fight against terrorism.
He, therefore said that Ghana will be “standing beside you in that fight and want you to know that whatever, within our modest means, we can do to promote the success of that struggle, you can count on us.”
With relations between the peoples of Ghana and Burkina Faso dating back to several centuries, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “even though there has been a change in direction and leadership in Ghana, our fundamental commitment to a close and sustaining relationship with the people of the Republic of Burkina Faso remains unchanged. Ghana continues to be by your side and continues to seek a relationship of intimacy and friendship.”