The former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has waded into the controversy surrounding Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as the founder of Ghana by saying that such claims are only seeking to change history.
According to Mahama, Ghana’s first president, is recognised internationally as the founder of modern Ghana and an international symbol of freedom.
John Mahama was speaking on the occasion of Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday, which is recognised as a holiday in modern Ghana.
John Mahama clearly expressed the Nkrumahist ideology saying the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah being labelled the founder of Ghana was not an accident but rather "an international symbol of freedom".
“It remains a dark irony of our history that, the very political tradition which conspired to truncate his unparalleled vision on 24th February 1966, is today seeking to revise Ghana's history,” the former president said in a message ahead of Nkrumah’s birthday.
“He was a Pan-Africanist, a philosopher, a writer, and a visionary who matched his words with actions. His towering personality is still recognized in Ghana and beyond,” Mahama eulogised the late Nkrumah.
President Nana Akufo-Addo recently proposed a legislation to Parliament to designate August 4 as Founders Day, ditching September 21 as the commemorative day for Ghana’s liberation and independence fighter, Kwame Nkrumah.
September 21 has since then been observed as 'Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day'.
However, the two days August 4 and September 21 shall stand as holidays in Ghana according to a statement from the presidency.
"It is clear that successive generations of Ghanaians made vital contributions to the liberation of our country from imperialism and colonialism. It is, therefore, fitting that we honour them, as those who contributed to the founding of our nation," the communication from the Presidency signed by the Director of Communications at the presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin said.
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