September 21 has traditionally been a landmark date of nationalism on the Ghanaian calendar, as it is the date on which the African of the Millennium, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who is also Ghana’s first President, was born.
Along with the rest of the African continent, Ghana had celebrated 21st September as Founder’s Day until the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, led by a renegade apostle of President Nkrumah, Nana Akufo-Addo, this year, decided to change the date to 4th August.
That change, which is seen as an attempt by the NPP to foist a group falsely praised founders, including President Akufo-Addo’s father, Edward Akufo-Addo, and his uncle, William Ofori Atta, on Ghanaians, has triggered a reaction from the opposition National Democratic Congress.
On Founder’s Day, 21st September, 2017, therefore, the NDC is staging a protest march in Accra. Deputy General Secretary of the NDC (in charge of operations), Koku Anyidoho, has dubbed the march a “solidarity march.”
“The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be embarking on a Solidarity March on Thursday, September 21, 2017, to commemorate the Founders Day Celebration of the birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Founder and first President of the Republic of Ghana,” Koku wrote in an 18th September release.
He said the March, which will commence at 6 am, God willing, will be moving from Nima, through Kwame Nkrumah Circle, to UTC. It will end up at the Community Center next to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Mr. Anyidoho said.
The Deputy NDC General Secretary invited party loyalists to show up massively and join the March in solidarity with all Ghanaians, as well as all Socialist and Progressive Forces, in protesting the broad day light attempt by the NPP to make cowards, criminals and traitors heroes in place of the one true Founding father – Nkrumah.
“It is a fact that “Nkrumah Never Dies,” Koku signed off.
In August, this year, the ruling NPP, which traces its roots to the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), changed the Founder’s Day to a so called Founders’ Day, from Nkrumah’s birthday, 21st September, to the 4th of August, the date of the founding of the UGCC.
The change was in keeping with the NPP’s claim that the struggle for independence and founding of Ghana is not to the credit of Nkrumah alone, but that the UGCC, the first party to be formed in the Gold Coast, had started the struggle.
A perennial argument, it is a fact that while Nkrumah had spearheaded the independence struggle, demanding immediate independence from Britain, the UGCC, a loose association of lawyers, had adopted the cowardly stance that Ghana be given independence in an unspecified date in future.
As leader of the struggle, Nkrumah had sacrificed dearly, suffering imprisonments, one of which he had suffered with members of the Big Six, including J.B. Danquah, a founding father of the NPP tradition, who was later exposed as a spy for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Ghana. The same J.B. Danquah had wept like a baby and swore that Nkrumah would pay with his neck for causing his imprisonment over the independence struggle.
Another was Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey, who later became a terrorist, organizing bombings against the Nkrumah government, eventually living his last days in exile and jail.
A 4th August Founders’ Day honors these people, in addition to Edward Akufo-Addo, William Ofori-Atta, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei and Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who became first President after he had issued the Motion of Destiny, as Prime Minister, that exacted a specific timeline from the colonialists to give Ghana independence.
Interestingly, that Motion of Destiny had been unsuccessfully sabotaged by another of the NPP’s founding fathers, Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia, who had led a delegation to the British Crown to beg that Ghana never be granted independence.
The NDC’s solidarity march on 21st September is in protest to what is seen as sacrilege that the NPP government has afflicted on Africa’s Founder’s Day.
Meanwhile, on the same day, a group of Ghanaians in the US will also stage a protest near the Dag Hamarskjold Building in New York, against what is seen as incessant corruption in the Akufo-Addo government.
The demonstration, which will come on from 9th to 21st September, is meant to greet President Akufo-Addo, who will be addressing the United Nations General Assembly there.
The group has already secured a permit from the City of New York to undertake the demonstration.
Allegedly, in a bid by the NPP to throw a wet blanket on the preparation, the party has spun a rumour that former President Mahama is behind the upcoming demonstration and that he has paid the organizers $76,000 towards the event.
“Sometimes when you are in Ghana, you don’t know the value of the dollar so you just come up with any amount and think that is even possible to spend. Let me put on record that this demonstration has nothing to do with President Mahama, NDC or NPP. It has everything to do with Ghanaians in the Diaspora who think Nana Addo’s government is the worse in this fourth republic and we want him to know it.
“So far, we have secured the permit, banner, placards and other logistics are all on site. I can assure Ghanaians coming to the demonstration that the place will be well secured and safe for everyone.
“There is no need to entertain any fears whatsoever. 54% of Ghanaians voted for Nana Addo, so they are afraid to tell him about the insecurity and corruption in his government. We are in the Diaspora but we will not whine about this. We will tell him in his face and we think the time is now,” Dr. Lawrence – a very concerned Ghanaian living in the USA wrote.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels