- Kweku Baako argued that there was no need at present, to set a day aside to celebrate Ghana's first president
- He added that Ghanaians are yet to fully appreciate the import of the celebrations, hence it was premature
Veteran Ghanaian journalist, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has castigated the attempts by successive governments to celebrate the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday as a Memorial Day in Ghana.
According to him, despite the fact that he is a firm believer in Nkrumah’s philosophies, he believes it is unnecessary to allot a day to celebrate the man.
He recalled that he registered his displeasure with the decision of the late Atta-Mills to mark the Dr, Nkrumah’s birthday as a national holiday.
He explained that this was as a result of the fact that Ghanaians were not properly educated on the reason behind the move.
He however noted that the decision of president Akufo-Addo to rebrand Nkrumah’s birthday from ‘Founder’s Day’ to ‘Memorial Day’ vindicates Ghana’s first president in several ways.
To him, it is nothing short of a paradox.
Information available to YEN indicates that the president intends to propose a legislation to designate 4th August as Founders' Day, and 21st September as a Memorial Day, both of which will be observed as public holidays.
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