Dr Onzy Nathan Kwame Nkrumah, a man who claims to be the son of Kwame Nkrumah, has said the late former President would be horrified to find out that the international airport in Accra has been named after Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka.
Late Lt. General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka led the National Liberation Council (NLM) to overthrow Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party administration in Ghana’s first coup on February 24, 1966.
Kotoka is said to have been killed a year later at the forecourt of the airport, prompting the authorities to name the facility after him.
But the move have proved divisive over the decades, with many questioning the rationality in naming such a prestigious national asset after a coup maker.
Joining the debate on Accra-based Hot FM, Onzy said Kotoko was a “thief, traitor and venom” who did not deserve to have the airport named after him.
“I don't think my father will be impressed at all. In fact, he will be horrified to see the airport named after Kotoka,” he said.
Onzy said the airport should have been named after Nkrumah in view of his ideologies and legacy.
Onzy's claim that he is Nkrumah’s son has been disputed by the former President’s first daughter, Samia Nkrumah, and last born, Sekou Nkrumah, who have called on him to submit himself to a DNA test.
Onzy has, however, failed to take up the offer.