The Vice-President Mr. John Dramani Mahama , yesterday defended the government’s decision to eulogies the founder of the country, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and rejected the criticism against the embossment of his effigy on the new gh¢2note.
Speaking at the function at the kwame Nkrumah memorial park in Accra to mark the 38th anniversary of the death of Dr. Nkrumah, Mr. Mahama described the critics as a deliberate scheme to downplay the late presidents critical role in the nation’s independence, as well as in the emancipation of Africa.
He said those who criticised the immortalisation of Nkrumah had either forgotten their history or were being mischievous.
Dr. Nkrumah died in exile in Conakry, guinea, on April 27 1972, after his overthrow in a February 24 1966 military coup. The occasion was part of a month long programme lined up by the kwame Nkrumah centenary planning committee to mark the day.
In his life with all the punitive laws they pasted they were unable to destroy his legacy. They never succeeded 38years after his death and I say emphatically they shall never succeed, he stressed.
He said the gh¢2note had been issued to mark the centenary of his birth and it was least of what the nation could do to honour the memory of “This Great African”
The Vice-President said the compromise that allowed the return of Dr. Nkrumah’s body to the country in 1972 and his eventual burial at Nkroful fulfilled his great desire to be buried in Ghana.
He also lauded the decision of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) led by the its chairman, Flt lt Rawlings to move and bury dr. Nkrumah’s body at the old polo memorial park, as representing a mark of Nkrumah’s stature in Ghanaian history and his importance to all African people.
A member of the kwame Nkrumah centenary committee, Dr. Esi Sutherland Addy described the occasion as a sad one which provided an opportunity for the younger generations to know their history.
She therefore urged the youth to take inspiration form the brilliant work of leaders such as Dr. Nkrumah.