Fred Agbenyo, a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has called on government not to “rewrite the history” of Ghana.
According to him, the attempt by the government to amend the Public Holidays Act should be a plot to downplay the relevance and status of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as the Founder of Ghana.
Government has laid a new bill before Parliament to amend the Public Holidays Act to include January 7 and August 4 as statutory public holidays.
The government has proposed to make January 7, Constitution Day and August 4, Founders’ Day.
The bill seeks to scrap the Republic holiday on July 1 and AU holiday on May 25 whereas the Founder’s Day on September 21 will no more be observed as Founder’s Day but only as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.
Addressing the issue on Peace FM’s ‘kokrokoo’ programme, Fred Agbenyo found the new bill ridiculous because to him, no one can undo the works of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Fred Agbenyo believed there are attempts to depopularize Dr. Nkrumah and cautioned the Akufo-Addo government against using tactics to write off the legacy of Nkrumah as Founder of the country.
“Any attempt to rewrite the history, you know to change the history of this country won’t help us . . . Let’s leave the history to be where it is. This subtle way of trying to change it doesn’t help anybody,” he said.