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Ahead of the Founders’ Day Celebration on September 21, Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Junior, says Ghanaians will forever remember Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for spearheading the independence of the country.
The Founders’ day is a public holiday set aside to celebrate the memories of nationalists who led the then Gold Coast to attain independence from the British colonial government.
Speaking on Radio Gold’s Current Affairs Programe, Alhaji and Alhaji, Mr. Kwesi Pratt Junior noted that vilifications from some anti-Nkrumahist groups in the country will not erase the good works of the country’s first President.
He insisted that “Whether they like it or not, in spite vilifications, the vast majority of Ghanaians will continue to see him as the founder of Ghana. Nkrumah’s arrival in the Gold Coast transformed the politics of the Gold Coast”.
According to Mr. Pratt, the story of crediting the ‘Big Six’ (Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, J.B. Danquah, Kwame Nkrumah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey and William Ofori-Attah) with the independence of the country is an attempt by some people to throw dust into the eyes of Ghanaians.
He argued that “all the noises made about the ‘Big Six’ are empty noises if you look at our history. On the Eve of Ghana’s independence those who claimed they were founders were not present. When they were arrested for demonstrating for freedom, they all denied it except Nkrumah”.
Mr. Kwesi Pratt refuted claims that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown in 1966 because he became a dictator.
“The British Head Quarters in Accra in 1963 sent a cable to the Commonwealth Home office which indicated that Nkrumah was making the African politically conscious. This was the prime reason why Afrifa and Kotoka were paid to overthrow Nkrumah”, he said.
In the development of the country, Mr. Pratt asserted that “between 1957 and 1966, government business increased. The Kufour government, any time they needed money, sold the industries. Educational infrastructure increased by 500%. The State Fishing Co-operation and Ghana Airways were instituted”.
The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper pleaded with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to fulfill its 2008 campaign promise of making the birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah recognized as the Founders’ Day.
Source: Radio Gold Online Team || Joyce Vidza