DAILY GUIDE PAGE 12 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2009
BY A. R. GOMDA
PRESIDENT JOHN Evans Atta Mills has called for unity among his compatriots. Devoid of what he had described as political and social acrimony towards a “Better Ghana” his campaign slogan.
He spoke in a nationwide broadcast to commemorate the newly instituted founders day and the centenary celebrations for Ghana’s premier president yesterday.
The one Ghana which the late Dr. Nkrumah created, he charged, should not be allowed to disintergrate, “dr. Kwame Nkrumah created a one Ghana which should not be allowed to disintegrate”.
He continued, let this day, my brother and sisters, be the day we begin to breath new life into Dr. Nkrumah’s vision of a strong, united Ghana. Let us grab this opportunity and rekindle our sense of national pride and self-worth”.
In eulogizing the late Nkrumah, president mills recalled his role in projecting Ghana in the international community and in the realm of the liberation of counties which were still under the yoke of colonialism, a role which he described as unrivalled.
We must take a collective pride in celebrating the day, the 100th birthday of a man who led our independent struggle and lit the flame that blazed the liberation struggle of the African continent, he said.
The celebration, he noted is not for its sake only, but for the ideals the man stood for and bequeathed to the country alongside the development of the African continent.
Dr. Nkrumah, he observed, broke the myth about politics which until this development was considered political and business elite, by opening up to many, among them the fishermen, teachers, civil servants and ‘verandah’ boys in the society.
This was followed by the removal of ethnic barriers in political and social life, he said,.
“We need to measure the greatness of this nation by the extent to which we care for each other. Let us care for each other and by so doing we will care for mother Ghana.”
He pointed at the commemoration as a fulfilment of a campaign promise last year. Various activities have been drawn for the centenary celebration country wide with some of this taking place in the birthplace of this great son of Ghanaian African politics of the 20th century.