The Convention People’s Party (CPP) says President Nana Akufo-Addo distorted the history of Ghana’s independence struggle during his anniversary speech.
The party says the President extolled the contributions of others’ in the struggle above that of Ghana’s first President and founder of the CPP, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
Director of Party Education of the CPP, Justice Akufo-Henaku, says the true story of Ghana’s independence was not told at the independence anniversary on Monday, March 6, 2016.
In what others have described as a detailed history of the country’s independence struggle, the President started from a century before 1957, in 1844 when the country became a British colony.
He continued with the formation of the first political party, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) and events that led to the invitation of Dr Kwame Nkrumah to join the struggle.
“The founders of the UGCC, then, met to demand independence from the British and 70 years after that event, one still marvels at the clarity of thought and the passion that they displayed. Some of the names of that momentous day have survived in our written history and folk memory.
“Five of them are on our Ghanaian currency: Joseph BoakyeDanquah; Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori-Atta; Ebenezer Ako-Adjei; and Edward Akufo-Addo. Kwame Nkrumah, the sixth of the Big Six on the currency, was to join them later,” the President had recounted in part.
However, in a reaction, Justice Akufo-Henaku said the President’s rendition of the history of the independence struggle failed to acknowledge Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s efforts in the “decisive moments” of the struggle.
He believes the chronology of the history of the struggle was also poorly presented.