Tomorrow is the Sixth Anniversary of the attainment of our independence. As you know, you will observe this day as a public holiday. Normally, the 6th of March is marked by public celebrations throughout the country. During the past year, however, we have been engaged in checking criminal and anti-social activities by a few people among us, instigated by outside influences, which have resulted in death and injury to some of our countrymen and women. For this reason, and for the sake of those who have been the unfortunate victims of these crimes, no public ceremonies will be held tomorrow.
It is my hope that while you enjoy the holiday, you will remember those among us who are suffering for the wicked activities of a selfish few; and that whatever the form of your enjoyment tomorrow, you will spend a little time in quiet meditation about the safety and security of our nation.
I have directed that next Sunday, the 10th of March, should be observed by all churches in Ghana as a day of prayer for the nation. The trial of those persons who have been involved in these acts of terrorism and murder against their fellow citizens will begin next Friday, the 5th of March.
Countrymen, ours is a society in which men and women have always been free to go about their legitimate business without fear or danger to life and limb. It is our duty and privilege to maintain this enviable record. Our aim is to ensure that by our united efforts, every man and woman in Ghana will have the right to work and enjoy the fruits of his labour and to live a decent and honest life. Our doors are open to all who are willing and ready to help us build our new society. All those who help us in this way, no matter where they come from, are welcome as our friends. But those who seek to defraud and exploit us and the state, or consort with wicked men, subversive elements and agencies, cannot honestly regard themselves as friends of Ghana.
Let us not under-estimate the resourcefulness of our detractors and those who for one reason or another do not wish us well. Whenever and wherever we meet any of their agents, we should not fail to bring home to them the grave risks they run by acting as stooges, quislings and traitors against the interest of the nation.
Steadily and consistently, we are building up a better and richer life for our people and our country. We are developing a society free from racial discrimination, a society in which people of different continents and different religious sects and beliefs, can work together without molestation, a society in which the relation between man and man is fundamentally based on the social process of production. lf we continue to maintain this harmony and work together for the common good, the plans which the Government has already set motion for our progress, happiness and development, will bear rich fruit for all.
I wish you all happiness and joy in your holiday. Good luck and good night.