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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE HO COLLECTIVE OF SOCIALIST MOVEMENT OF GHANA IN COMMEMORATION OF 112TH BIRTHDAY OF THE FOUNDER OF GHANA, OSAGYFO DR. KWAME NKRUMAH
‘A Nation that does not honour its heroes is not worth dying for.’
In September 2009, President Mills of blessed memory declared September 21st as Founder’s
Day in honour of the first President of the Republic, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah. This has
since been observed and celebrated as a public holiday by the Ghanaian people until Akuffo
Addo-led government later renamed it as Nkrumah’s Memorial Day.
It is obvious, this unfortunate change of date from 21st September to 4th August to re-write the
history of Ghana, was fuelled for political expediency to suite the political agenda to relegate
to the background, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s political achievements and his struggle for
independence for Ghana.
We as Socialists and Pan-Africanists unequivocally call for the immediate re-instatement of
September 21st as Founder’s Day and be celebrated as such by the state.
Osagyefo, Dr Kwame Nkrumah deserves to be celebrated and appreciated on September 21st
for sacrificing his body, soul, and spirit for the Independence of modern-day Ghana and for
being the promoter and architect of the emancipation struggle.
The Tema Motorway, Tema Harbour, Akosombo dam, preservative silos, and State farms just
to mention but a few other numerous developmental projects he bequeathed to Ghanaians
within nine years of leadership, which is unprecedented has made him a hero worthy to be
honoured and celebrated.
The HO Collective of the Socialist Movement is not moved by the latest twist of history in the
books to mislead the public on who founded Ghana, because that will not hold water since the
unadulterated history is there for all to read.
We want to emphatically state that the historical facts make us aware that it was only Dr.
Kwame Nkrumah who was imprisoned in 1948 for agitating for self-rule now. The historical
record reveals that his other colleagues in the leadership of the United Gold Coast Convention
(UGCC), J.B Danquah, William Ofori Atta, Obetsebi Lamptry, Akuffo-Addo and Ako Adjei
denied their involvement in the popular agitations.
If there is any contrary fact, the NPP-led administration should make Ghanaians aware.
We wish to call on all Socialist and comrades to commemorate this significant occasion, which
is the Real Founder’s Day, without any inhibition.
Long live SMG!
Long live Osagyefo!
Long live Socialists!
Long live Ghana!
Ho Collective of SMG