Former President John Agyekum Kufuor is a great leader with thought-provoking political ideas, Canadian MP and Deputy Chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU) Tony Clement has suggested.

“It really is a great honour because we are, in a sense, your children, if I could put it that way. We of the present-day IDU take inspiration from your struggles and the struggles of like-minded people of that era,” he said.

The leadership of the International Democratic Union (IDU) paid a courtesy call on Mr Kufuor at his office in Accra on Tuesday June 20.

The IDU, of which the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a member, is a working association of over 80 Conservative, Christian Democrat and like-minded political parties of the centre and centre right.

The NPP was able to join the IDU courtesy the intervention of Mr Kufuor when he was President of the Republic of Ghana. After a discussion on issues ranging from security, terrorism and economic empowerment, Mr Clement told the Ghanaian statesman: “By connecting that history to aspirations of young people, today you have shown us that these struggles continue.”

He said he noted Mr Kufuor’s commentary of economic conditions and how he wanted it tackled, emphasising: “We can continue to learn from your example.”