Feature Article of Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Columnist: Sangaparee, Clement
After Becoming The Prime Minister of Ghana In 1969
When the National Liberation Movement was launched in Kumasi in 1954, the Senior Linguist of the Asantehene, Nana Agyeman Prempeh II gave his FULL SUPPORT to the NLM and stated that the “Asante State” had assumed full responsibility for the National Liberation Movement. However, its appeal was decidedly limited to the sons and daughters of Asante only.
Its call to arms were also based on the past glorious victories in wars fought by that “State”. The Great Oath of Asante was sworn on 19th September, 1954 by the Senior Linguist of the Asantehene, Baffour Akoto who was also the Chairman of that murderous tribal grouping fighting for Federation on a narrow tribal front between 1951-1956 against the allegal dictatorship of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his CPP government Dr. Nkrumah had the over whelming support of the masses in the grassroot while the NLM had the support of the minority elite namely chiefs, lawyers, doctors, engineers, top civil servants and wealthy business men and women in Ghana who were very few as Ghana’s population between 1951-1956 was less than 4 million people nationwide.
Nana Baffour Akoto again swore the Great Oath of Asante pledging £20.00 drawn from the Asantehene Palace Fund to support the NLM to fight the alleged dictatorship of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his CPP in his bid to lead Ghana into independence in 1957. Well, the rest is history. It will be recalled that Dr. Nkrumah and his CPP government was violently overthrown in a brutal military coup de’tat led by Brigadier A.A. Afrifa and Col. E.K. Kotoka on 24th Feb. 1966. After the coup Western Journalists decended heavily in Accra like vultures and instead of portraying Ghana as a country VICTIMIZED by Western Countries led by the USA, and their selfish interests, most journalists played up the idea that Dr. Nkrumah was just another African Leader who could not successfully negotiate the complexities of INDUSTRIALISATION which was completely FALSE ANYWAY. Today, Kaiser’s smelter at Tema still operates on CHEAP ELECTRICITY from the Akosombo Dam. Over 68 factories that were built by Dr. Nkrumah which were all operating fully before the 1966 bloody coup de’tat and were still in operation at the time of his overthrow have now been SOLD OFF TO PRIVATE OPERATORS mostly WESTERNERS by Brigadier Afrifa and Kotoka while the remaining factories that were operating in 1969 were all sold out by Dr. K.A. Busia when he won the 1969 general elections in a “landslide” The CPP and its integral wings were all banned by the NLC military Junta with NLC Decree 345 which made it an offence to even possess the mere photograph of the late Dr. Nkrumah or forming a political party as a former CPP member, so Dr. Busia campaigned under the name of the Centre for Civic Education for 3years in order to market himself to contest the 1969 elections which was given to him on a silver platter by General Afrifa, then a Brigadier in the Army but who promoted himself to a full General after that bloody coup in 1966. Gen. Afrifia later resigned and handed over power to Dr. Busia in 1969. But for the unfair, and Bukata or Kalabule behavior of Gen. Afrifa and the NLC military junta in 1969. Dr. Busia could not have become Ghana’s Prime Minister because only the elite in Ghana knew him since he was always. hiding in Exile in London exporting Bombs, Guns and Grenades to Ghana and he was in close contact with the dreaded C.I.A of America just like J.B. Danquah of Kyebi at Akyem Abuakwa.
Now, 47 years after the violent overthrow of Dr. Nkrumah, Ghana has fully returned to the colonial era of little or no industrialization with the country importing everything it needs.
As this is happening, who benefits from it? The very Western countries led by the U.S.A who assisted some unpatriotic military officers to overthrow the late Dr. Nkrumah. How sad! Now Ghana is back to square one – And who caus Am? The hopeless Asante/Akyem politicians leading the NPP today 2013. The awful tragedy of 24th Feb. 1966 can never be forgotten by former Young Pioneer Cadres including this writer.
HOW BUSIA DISGRACED THE GOLDEN STOOL
Though Dr. K.A. Busia, the former Prime Minister of Ghana from 1969 to 1972 posed as the CHAMPION of TRUE DEMOCRACY in his address to parliament during the Second Republic in 1969, he could not avoid his clash with the judges in the FAMOUS SALLAH CASE where he openly accused them of BIAS and PARTIALITY against his government by staring thus. “My Government, Professor Busia, the then Prime Minister CHARGED and WARNED, will exercise its right to employ ONLY those whom it wishes to employ. No court can Enforce Any Decision that seeks to COMPEL the government to EMPLOY or RE-EMPLOY any one…………my government will not condone any lowering of standards for maining this principle. After uttering this trash, he went ahead to DISSOLVE THE WHOLE TRADES UNION CONGRESS (T.U.C) in Ghana and took over its assets by saying that they supported Dr. Nkrumah’s CPP government he appointed the Secretary General of the T.U.C instead of allowing for competitive elections- Yes, that was Dr. Busia, the democrat whose ideology the NPP represent today for you”
NANA AGYEMAN PREMPEH II QUESTIONS DR. BUSIA
It will be recalled that Nana Osei Agyeman Prempeh II – the Asantehene was still alive in 1969 when Dr. Busia was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ghana. He once asked Busia thus. “Now that you are the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ghana, what is the fate of the National Liberation Movement (NLM) with” Mate-meho” as its local name?
Dr. Busia’s shameful answer to the late Asante King was this; Nana we Have Discarded, The National Liberation Movement. In re-action the Asantehene politely nodded his head in disbelief and gave a very nice smile towards Busia but he never added a word because he was a traditional diplomat. Here was somebody who fully supported the NLM and even dished out £20.00 to help remove. Dr. Nkrumah, but when the President was finally removed from office in 1966. Members of the NLM/UP tradition leading the National Liberation Council could not declare the Ashanti Region as a Federal Republic by Decree, and when the “Great Leader” of the NLM like Dr. Busia also became the Prime Minister of Ghana, he too could not send a Bill to Parliament for Asante to break away and formed a Federal Republic of Asante and yet thousands of innocent men, women and children were sent to their untimely graves because of “Asante Federation” between 1951-1956. The amount of £20.00 at that time was a BIG MONEY and at the end of the day, Busia had the guts to tell the Asantehene that he had discarded the NLM. Matter and the “Asante nation” STOP PRESS. I was shocked to the marrow when I saw the statue of Dr. J.B. Danquah at a circle in the heart of Accra the capital city of Ghana which was named after him. How on earth can a formed C.I.A Agent who personally supervised the KILLINGS SPREE OF 1951-1956 Ethnic Cleansing at Kyebi in which thousands of innocent men, women and children died in the genocide and yet this MONSTROSITY still stand in the centre of Ghana? Do we need to commemorate SAVAGERY in Ghana? No. wonder, Ex-Prez. Kufour described this SAVAGE in 2005 as a Patriotic Saint. Meanwhile, Nana Osei Agyeman Prempeh II will still be questioning Dr. Busia in the Next World to explain the reason why he disgraced the Golden Stool by discarding he NLM without consulting the King in 1969. The Late Asantehene may not get in touch with Dr. Busia the murderer, because he would be in Hell while the King would also be in Heaven, so they are poles apart Keep your fingers crossed. I shall return when the need arise. “Jaanbie Iwaii” Aluta Continua!
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