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Kwame Nkrumah should be celebrated, not denigrated – Mahama jabs NPP

Kwame Nkrumah should be celebrated, not denigrated – Mahama jabs NPP

Former President John Dramani Mahama has aimed a veiled dig at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over their reluctance to fully acknowledge Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s place in Ghana’s political history.

According to him, Dr. Nkrumah, who was the first president of Ghana, deserves to be celebrated, rather than denigrated.

Mahama made the comment in a post on his Facebook wall to mark Ghana’s 62nd Independence Day anniversary.

"Let us continue to thank God for how far he has brought us as a country. We are not where we should be, but we should be thankful for the many blessings that God has brought our way,” the ex-president wrote.

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"Our country’s Founder, Dr Kwame Nkrumah deserves on this day to be celebrated not denigrated for his tireless leadership that brought us independence 62 years ago."

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer’s comments are in relation to the reluctance of the ruling NPP to accept Dr. Nkrumah as the founder of the country.

Upon assuming office, President Akufo-Addo scrapped Founder’s Day, which was a designated day to commemorate Nkrumah’s legacy, and replaced it with Founders’ Day.

Also, the Member of Parliament for Adansi-Asokwa, K.T Hammond has said that the NPP will never accept Kwame Nkrumah as Ghana’s sole founder.

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"Let’s get history right; how can you say that there is only one founder in this country?” the legislator stated

"If they come to power and change it, we will come back and change it…we will never accept that Kwame Nkrumah was the founder of Ghana," he added. 

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