Nkrumah’ birthday must unite Ghana – Quashigah
A former Minister of Health in the Kufour Administration, Major Courage Quashigah, has called on Ghanaians to use the centenary celebration of the birth of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to halt the vicious cycle of victimization of political opponents.
He said this must give way to a situation in which “we can improve our political relations with each other”.
This way, he said, “We will have more time to develop our minds and march Ghana forward from now on. Anything short of this will be a great dishonour to the memory of our great leader, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah”.
The former minister, who was a member of the Young Pioneer, a youth working group that was formed during Dr. Nkrumah’s regime, said “Ghana had been marking time without any order for quick march” due to the vilifications and condemnation of predecessor governments.
He described the witch-hunting of members of previous regimes, discontinuation of projects initiated by previous governments, termination of contracts, mass dismissal of public servants, dissolution of boards, probes, trials as something the “NPP did which the NDC is paying back in a worse coin”.
Major Quashigah said the coup should be behind us and should not be allowed to divide us.
“After all Ghana was the loser, since that coup set us back several years. Nkrumah’s laudable projects he initiated for Ghana were condemned, some were discontinued and others completely abandoned to the detriment of Ghana”, he added.
He described the coup as the process that initiated more of the military takeovers in Ghana, none of which had brought anything better to Ghana.
Major Quashigah said the unfortunate thing, however, was that the multiparty democracy the country had accepted had brought with it similar features of a military takeover anytime governments were changed through the ballot box and not by guns.
Major Quashigah said Dr. Nkrumah was not a saint but looking back, his good deeds far outweighed his perceived bad deeds.
“Today when the whole world appreciate the idea to celebrate the founders day we simply have to forgive and forget all that some people hold against him and focus on what he stood for”, he stated.
He said he was one leader who was not afraid of the future and certainly was never a slave of the past.
“President Barrack Obama said these words recently almost 43 years after the overthrow of President Nkrumah. Today even those who deep in their hearts disagree with the idea will have no choice but loudly voice their support for it”.
“As a member of the young pioneer movement, I was so fond of Dr. Nkrumah particularly of the way he dressed and spoke then, and perhaps even more now for the positive impact that movement made on my life. The young pioneer movement had a code of discipline some of which are sill embedded in my character and very much responsible for my personal successes in life.
“Codes like: Love for country, discipline and obedience, honesty and morality, punctuality, protection of state property, love for work, self control, striving for faultlessness were all principles that still guide me and I wish as a nation we can still find ways of inculcating some of these invaluable principles in the youth of today in order to prepare them for the future leadership of Ghana”, he said.
Daily Graphic - page: 16 Tuesday, September 22, 2009