- He believes that the exaggeration of Danquah's role will backfire
- There are already concerns that the University of Ghana will be renamed after Danquah
Abdul Malik Kweku Baako believes President Akufo Addo was exaggerating when he spoke of J.B Danquah’s influence in the founding of the University of Ghana.
Baako, who is the editor in chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, said that the president’s comments only distorted the facts. This is in spite of the fact that Danquah had a role to play in establishing the university.
According to Baako, Akufo Addo’s exaggeration of the role of J.B. Danquah only serves to frustrate people who wanted nothing but the simple truth. The editor does not believe the president was honest to the facts.
On his part, the Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid has defended the president’s claim that J.B. Danquah was the founder of the university. Mr. Hamid argued that all President Akufo Addo did was “present the facts”.
President Akufo Addo in his speech on the launch of the university’s endowment fund, made mention of Dr. J.B. Danquah as the university’s founder. The occasion also marked the 7oth anniversary of the university.
The eminence of Dr. Danquah in Ghana’s history has been debated a lot in the last two years. Some feel it is as a result of the governing NPP’s supposed ambitions of bringing him to a pedigree level with Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
It is also rumoured that the Presient’s citing of Dr. Danquah as founder of the University of Ghana may be a hint to renaming the university after him. The president has already renamed the University of Mines and Technology after George Paa Grant, a historic anti-colonial advocate.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Newsfile on Saturday on Saturday morning, Kwaku Baako was of the view committed a mistake. He ended by expressing concern with a perceived agenda of rewriting history.
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