We must not be afraid to have rich Africans – John Mahama @ Afro-heritage Conference in Lagos

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has urged the African government not to act in ways that destroy businesses.

Mr Mahama stated that part of the problem for not having more rich African businesses is that governments turn to target businesses created by their political opponents.

Answering questions in a panel discussion during the 2nd edition of the the Afro-heritage Conference and Awards in Lagos, Nigeria, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said We must not be afraid for our business people to succeed, we must not be afraid to have rich Africans.

Targeting businesses of political opponents is a major problem in Africa – Mahama @ Afro-heritage Conference in Lagos

“Governments must not come and think that because some other governments created this business, then we must kill it. That’s part of the problem that we have. We must believe in ourselves, in adversity comes opportunities.”

Mr Mahama also made a case for African leaders to take seriously investment in young people to make innovations that will affect the ordinary citizens on the continent.