Kwesi Pratt Jnr, the managing editor of the Insight newspaper has described President Akufo-Addo's response to critics of his Independence day speech, as needless.
In a report by Peacefmonline.com, Kwesi Pratt said the president refuting criticisms by the youth on the country's history makes his speech unnecessary since, Akufo-Addo himself was not born in 1771.
Kwesi Pratt was speaking on Radio Gold's Alhaji and Alhaji show, when he said, "if that were the case, what was President Akufo-Addo doing talking about the bond of 1844. If people who did not live through the independence struggle have no right to appreciate history and to comment on history, then what was President Akufo Addo doing commenting on the bond of 1844 or the Aborigines right protection society? Perhaps unknown to all of us, our president was born in 1771 because if you accept this logic, then only a person born in perhaps 1771 could have read the speech that he read. In appreciating history, you don’t have to be a Methuselah to be able to do that. And this jibe at young people is very interesting."
Last week, following many debates on the accuracy of the president's Independence day speech, the president responded to his critics while delivering a speech at the Ghana@60 Unity Ball.
President Akufo-Addo said, "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 has ended up in controversy. But that is how it should be. A politician who doesn’t generate controversy is a dull politician…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 further stated.