General News of Friday, 7 March 2014
A leading member of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Professor Agyemang Badu Akosa, has blamed the overthrow of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, for the country’s socio-economic woes.
According to him, the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah marked the end of critical-thinking in Ghana and in Africa as a whole.
The day which is marked by a national parade has been described by many as worthless.
Many Ghanaians contend that after 57 years of independence under several governments, there is nothing to show for Ghana’s development.
In support, Prof. Akosa stated unequivocally that Dr Kwame Nkrumah's overthrow on February 24, 1966 by the Ghana Armed Forces led by Emmanuel K. Kotoka was a major setback for Ghana's development.
He explained that the leaders who came after Nkrumah kowtowed to the manipulations of western countries –which in his opinion did Ghana more harm than good.
"Ghanaians stopped thinking for this country on 24th February 1966, that is why we are where we are now," Prof. Akosa stressed.
He described as unfortunate how Ghana after 57 years still depend on its colonial masters for paltry sums of money to support our budget in spite of the natural resources at our disposal.
“We pride ourselves as an independent country, but are we truly independent? We gone back to neocolonialism,” he bemoaned.
"We have stop thinking for this country and we thought the colonialists will do everything for us, and sadly they only seek their interest”.
Prof. Akosa said Ghana needs a bold leader who will not kowtow to the whims and caprices of the west, but rather seek the interest of the citizenry.