The Government and People of Ghana on Wednesday commemorated the 44th anniversary of the death of Ghana's first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
Nkrumah died on April 27, 1972 in Bucharest, Romania.
The 44th anniversary ceremony featured messages from Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, presidential candidate of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) and Mr Opon Fosu, Minister of State, Office of the President, on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, the Ghana News Agency reported.
Six wreaths were laid at the Nkrumah Memorial Mausoleum on behalf of the Government and People of Ghana, the Nkrumah family, CPP party, women, youth and the Socialists Forum of Ghana.
Greenstreet noted that the ideals and ideas of Nkrumah were still relevant in today’s political and economic development adding that he was laying a solid foundation for economic liberation of Ghana.
He described Nkrumah as an incorruptible, hardworking, visionary and outstanding thinker who was committed to serving Ghana and Africa, the GNA reported.
Fosu, on behalf of President John Dramani Mahama, said Nkrumah dedicated his life not only for the development of Ghana and Africa but for humanity in general.
Fosu said: “The country should resolve never to reduce and antagonise the image of any personality. Irrespective of our political affiliations we are one people with a common destiny”.
Nkrumah led Ghana to independence from British colonial rule in 1957 and served as Ghana’s first prime minister and president.
In February 1966, while on a state visit to North Vietnam and China, his government was overthrown in a military coup.
He lived in exile in Conakry, Guinea as the guest of President Ahmed Sékou Touré, who made him honorary co-president of the country.
He flew to Bucharest, Romania, for medical treatment in August 1971 but died on April 27, 1972 at the age of 62.