Deputy Minority Whip and Member of Parliament for Banda Constituency, Hon. Ibrahim Ahmed, has sounded a note of warning to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government that distortions to Ghana’s Independence history would be reversed when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) assumes power.
According to him, the NDC as the only minority party with representation in Parliament would not sit unconcerned as the political history of the country is distorted to elevate certain individuals.
He noted that the Minority made clear it would not support, participate or be part of the historical alteration that the NPP government was embarking upon.
Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim spoke to the media after the Minority staged another walkout on Tuesday when motion for adoption of the Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was moved.
The amendment sought to make January 7, Constitution Day and August 4 public holidays.
He argued that two Ghanaian leaders that are most talked about beyond the borders of Ghana are the Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and ex-President Jerry John Rawlings.
He said, “Nkrumah, the founding father of modern Ghana, is recognized as such throughout the world and is held in very high esteem. To attempt to denigrate his name, achievements and status is shameful.”
“They maligned him and everything he stood for until his death and destroyed and burnt his books. They are still not satisfied and are actually chasing him beyond life to denigrate him some more.”
According to him, in spite of the concerted efforts of his enemies that spans decades and generations, Kwame Nkrumah’s legacy has thrived and would continue to do so.
The minority NDC, he said, would continuously fight this history-twisting agenda and wondered what the NPP sought to gain by claiming Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is no longer the founder of Ghana.
Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim observed that yesterday cannot be changed and the best that can be done to the history of yesterday is to build on what has been left behind.
He said, “You cannot change yesterday; all you can do is add to what others started; that is what you call history. It is not appropriate to rally people and attempt to change yesterday; it is not possible.”
“There is no doubt who led Ghana to independence. Every history teacher would tell you it was the Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.”
“Who led Ghana to become a Republic on 1st July? Every history book would tell you Nkrumah. This is history that you cannot do anything to change,” he stated.
He argued that the contribution of those who began the journey to independence is greatly appreciated but the fact of the matter is Kwame Nkrumah is the founder of Ghana.
He averred that even within the NPP majority, many were not enthused with this agenda and their faces and demeanors showed.
The House consequently adopted the amendment to make January 7 and August 4 official holidays.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org