President Nana Akufo-Addo says he did not distort history in any during his independence day speech on Monday.
Responding to criticism that he failed to acknowledge Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah on independence day, President Akufo-Addo opined that Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe who lived through the independence struggle of Ghana commended him for his address at the 60th Independence Day Parade in Accra.
“This has been a very strange week. On Monday, I made a speech to the country which I tried to speak about how we became Ghana. And like everything I say, it’s ended up in controversy. But that is how it should be. A politician who doesn’t generate controversy is a dull politician,” he said at the Ghana Unity Ball 2017, Thursday night.
“The amusing part of it is that, the people who did not live through the independence era, young people who came much after, claim that I distorted the history of Ghana and belittled the role of Kwame Nkrumah. The one man there who actually lived through the era, [who] was here in Ghana at the time, embraced me as having enhanced the image of Kwame Nkrumah. And that tells you everything about Ghanaian politics. That is President Mugabe. He gave me a big hug,” he added.