Ghana@62: Nkrumah deserves celebration not denigration – Mahama

The flag bearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama has said Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah deserves to be celebrated today, 6 March 2019 as Ghana celebrates its 62nd independence anniversary and not denigrated...


The flag bearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama has said Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah deserves to be celebrated today, 6 March 2019 as Ghana celebrates its 62nd independence anniversary and not denigrated.

His comment comes on the heels of moves by the President Akufo-Addo-led government to rename Founder’s Day as Founders’ Day.

The Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, which birthed the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) believes Dr Nkrumah did not fight for independence alone and, therefore, cannot be credited as the sole founder of Ghana.

To this end, the government is seeking to scrap AU Day and Republic Day as public holidays and introduce January 7 as Constitution Day and make September 21 Nkrumah Memorial Day.

The NDC is strongly against the move, arguing that Nana Akufo-Addo is seeking to re-write the history of Ghana and glorify his late family members such as J.B. Danquah and Ofori-Atta.

In his Independence Day message, Mr Mahama, in a Facebook post, said: “Let us continue to thank God for how far he has brought us as a country. We are not where we should be, but we should be thankful for the many blessings that God has brought our way.

“Our country’s Founder, Dr Kwame Nkrumah deserves on this day to be celebrated not denigrated for his tireless leadership that brought us independence 62 years ago.”


Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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