Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, the editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper has urged the incoming president Nana Akufo-Addo to maintain the name of the presidential residence, as the 'Flagstaff House' when he assumes power in January 2017.
Speaking on Peace FM, the veteran journalist said, "I protested when the NDC changed the name from Jubilee House to Flagstaff House, but there was an explanation that if was for purposes of nostalgia…back to Nkrumah and I reminded them that Flagstaff House was not built by Nkrumah and that it was a colonial legacy, somehow Nkrumah decided to retain it. I wasn’t comfortable with the change from Jubilee House to Flagstaff House, but if I were Nana Akufo Addo, I will not change it back to Jubilee House…I’ll leave it alone."
The Flagstaff House was originally called the Jubilee House, built by former president Kuffuor with support from the Indian Government, to commemorate Ghana's 50th anniversary of independence.
However, when the late President Mills came into power, his administration changed the name from Jubilee House to the Flagstaff House, a moved which was condemned by a section of the public including the opposition New Patriotic Party.
In their eight years as the opposition, the NPP never referred to the presidential palace as the Flagstaff House, always calling it by its first name, the Jubilee house.
Expressing his own view on the matter, he advised that Nana Addo maintain the current name as is, stating, "But the NDC was so unfair, the name Jubilee was not to personalize anything, but to show our 50th anniversary as a nation post independence, so that was more nationalistic which the NDC should’ve maintained. But they came into power and played petty politics…they changed Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium to Accra Sports Stadium. Ohene Gyan was such a great Ghanaian but the NDC ochestrated some Ga-Dangme agitation and eventually got Ohene Gyan’s name removed from the stadium…these NDC people have caused trouble in Ghana."