New holidays: You're playing with fire, Ablakwa warns Akufo-Addo

The minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs told Accra-based Citi FM the move is an attempt to rewrite the history of Ghana, warning that the president is playing with fire and that he is going to face resistance that he has never witnessed.

“It is important to serve notice to the government that the Ghanaian people will not be insulted," the former deputy minister of education under the Mahama administration said.

He continued: "Our history will not be revised. We will not accept this fascist, familiar attempt to revise the history of our country.

"President Akufo-Addo should know that he is really playing with fire and he is going to be faced with the kind of resistance that his government has never witnessed nor experienced.

"There is going to be a series of resistance. There are some things you will not touch. We would have thought that Akufo-Addo will stay on his manifesto promises which he has so far failed to deliver on.

"The abysmal performance that he has so far exhibited."

The president is seeking to amend the Public Holiday Act to make January 7, Constitution Day and August 4, Founder's Day, statutory holidays.

Meanwhile, the birthday of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, which hitherto was marked as the country’s Founders Day, will now be known as Nkrumah Memorial Day.

Per the bill all 3 days will be observed as statutory holidays in addition to the two already existing commemorative days, July 1 and May 25, Republic Day and AU Day, respectively.

The Amendment Bill outlined the number of holidays in the year. These are “New Year Day (1st January) Constitution Day (January 7) Independence Day (6TH March), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Eid-al-Fitr (Ramadan), Workers Day (1st May), Farmers Day (1st Friday in December) Christmas Day (25th December), Boxing Day (26th December), African Union Day (25th May), Republic Day (1st July).”

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