Nkrumah’s letter to Busia after his overthrow surfaces online

Nkrumah’s letter to Busia after his overthrow surfaces online

- A letter written by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia after a coup d'etat in 1972 has surfaced online

- In the letter, Dr. Nkrumah reminded Dr. Busia of his constant criticisms of his (Nkrumah's) policies when he was in power

- He also advised Dr. Busia against staging a comeback as it may not be beneficial to him

YEN.com.gh is in possession of a letter of ‘consolation’ Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, wrote to overthrown Prime Minister, Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia.

Dr. Nkrumah was overthrown on February 24, 1966, while abroad and Dr. Busia suffered a similar fate on January 13, 1972.

Information available suggests that Dr. Busia was an avowed critic of Dr. Nkrumah, so it was a case of tables turning when he was removed from power.

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In the letter which has since gone viral, Dr. Nkrumah began by informing Dr. Busia that he heard of the action taken by the Ghana Army on air.

He then sought to reveal Dr. Busia’s efforts at attacking his government even though he was doing his best for the country.

Dr. Nkrumah went on to say that the manner in which Dr. Busia handled the country during his time as Prime Minister was enough proof that he would not last long as the leader.

He went ahead to remind Dr. Busia of the support he gave him as well as the rationale behind such a move.

He did not end there; Dr. Nkrumah also noted that Dr. Busia and his team amassed wealth for themselves soon after assuming office.

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Dr. Nkrumah then sought to advise Dr. Busia to take a long break from politics, as he intended to continue with his plans for Ghana when he returned from Guinea, where he stayed after his overthrow.

Wrapping up his letter, he advised Dr. Busia against staging a comeback as the political terrain may not favour him.

Some Ghanaians expressed their opinions about the letter Dr. Nkrumah wrote to Dr. Busia:

@agyasika tweeted he had tears in his eyes after reading the letter

@pro_sheddy is convinced it isn't Dr. Nkrumah's handwriting

@Kumatsia 1 is not convinced it is Dr. Nkrumah's letter

@BrownGilly added Dr. Nkrumah was ahead of his time

In other news, seven people have sustained various degrees of injuries after a clash over a piece of land at Dagomba Line near Asawase in the Ashanti Region.

YEN.com.gh understands that over 100 people have sustained various degrees of injuries after some properties were set on fire and others vandalized.

Reports available reveal that some of the affected people were asked to vacate an area by an alleged owner but they failed to do so.

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