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Opinions of Monday, 5 August 2019

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Danquah-Busia founding fathers? They cannot change these facts!

J. B. Danquah and Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia J. B. Danquah and Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia

1. On April 5, 1955, the Opposition led by Busia and Modesto Apaloo walked out of the Assembly, just after a Motion on a Select Committee to examine the whole question of the federal system of government had been seconded. In their opinion, the Select Committee, comprising some CPP parliamentarians or the homeless tramp and jackals (Liberator, March 1956), was incompetent to deal with national matters.

2. Bafour Osei Akoto and the chiefs in the National Liberation Movement? did not want their movement to be called Party, since party politics were contrary to the tenets of traditional rule. Similarly, on March 14, 1956, J. B. Danquah and his brother Nana Ofori Atta II told a visiting parliamentarian delegation to Kyebi that PARTY POLITICS is an alien political form which had created civil strife and violent dissension between father and son. Accordingly, if the British showed no understanding, Akyem Abuakwa would secede from the country as a sovereign and independent state with the only rival of the Ashanti country.

3. During the Jackson Commission, Danquah categorically denounced the authority of the Kwame Nkrumah government saying that the people of Akyem are not subjects to the laws of Ghana (Jackson Commission Report, 1958). So, his recourse was to do what?

4. Dr. Busia's NLM referred to the CPP supporters in Asante as those who belong to no family or clan, those who are strangers, not properly trained to appreciate the value of the true and noble Akan (Liberator, December 20, 1955). A Party of Founding Fathers??

5. The Opposition led by Dr. Busia, refused to meet with Sir Frederick Bourne in Kumase, sent by the British government to resolve the impasse between the CPP government and Opposition. And when the government issued its constitutional proposal for the country's independence in the April White Paper of 1956, again, the Opposition boycotted its proceedings. So, how would later-day apologists lump the Opposition leaders together with Nkrumah as Founding Fathers?

6. On November 20, 1956, leaders of the NLM and NPP sent a resolution to the Secretary for Colonies in London, demanding a separate independence for Asante and Northern Territories. Yesterday Secessionists, today's Founding Fathers!

Terrorist Acts of the Danquah-Busia Camp

7. Dr. K. A. Busia and the NLM warned the British government in August of 1955 of grisly aftereffects, if the country attained independence under the CPP government. Hence, the Danquah-Busia camp resorted to the undemocratic methods and terrorist acts and bomb attacks to overthrow the democratically elected government of Kwame Nkrumah, before and after Ghana's independence. Yesterday's Terrorists, Today Founding Fathers?!

8. On November 10, 1955, Nkrumah's house was bombed while he was resting and working in his house with his secretary and others because of a terrible cold. Danquah-Busia-Obetsebi Lamptey's style of democracy!!!

9. On the day that the CPP reopened its regional office in Kumase after fourteen months of closure, Prof. Busias NLM drove a jeep past the crowd and fired shots into it and wounded several people; it also killed a pregnant woman. Earlier, Krobo Edusei's sister had been shot dead as she was preparing food in the backyard for her children; while Edusei's wife had survived a bomb blast. Yesterday's Murderous,Today's Founding Fathers?!

10. On the eve of Ghana's Independence on March 6, 1957, the Ewe Unificationists, led by S.G. Antor (Danquah's buddy), formed themselves into a ragged guerilla army in Alavanyo and prepared for armed insurrection with homemade guns against the CPP government. The Governor-General sent troops to the region to put down the revolt. Yes, S.G. Antor (J. B. Danquah's loyal buddy, an ally of Prof. Busia, and one of President Kufour's heroes) by his (Antor?) terrorist acts also passes to be one of the Founding Father?

Sabotaging Ghana? Independence: Dr. Busia and the NLM

11. On August 3, 1956, the Opposition leaders boycotted the constitutional debate tabled by the CPP government regarding Ghana's independence? Founding Fathers? indeed!

12. Again, when the Parliament formally opened after the 1956 general election to deliberate on Nkrumah? Motion of Independence, Dr. Busia and the NLM, and NPP's parliamentarians were absent. Reprehensible Saboteurs and not Founding Fathers?!

13. When the British Governor, in his opening speech, introduced a Bill declaring that the Gold Coast would be a sovereign and independent State within the Commonwealth, Prof. Busia and the Opposition criticized the proposal saying that it was premature. Saboteurs and not Founding Fathers?

14. Before independence, Dr. Busia traveled to London to make a plea to the British Government to deny granting independence to Ghana, because the country is not ready for parliamentary democracy. He continued, We still need you in the Gold Coast. Your experiment there [Gold Coast] is not complete. Sometimes I wonder why you seem such in a hurry to wash you hands off us. What a Traitor!!

Opposing and Attacking the Name Ghana and Flag for the New Nation

15. When the British Government conceded to Ghana's independence on March 6,1957, and Nkrumah chose for Ghana's flag, Red for the blood of the martyrs, Gold for wealth, Green for the rich land and the Black Star in the center representing the freedom of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora, Danquah-Busia camp opposed it.

16. The Danquah-Busia camp had previously associated themselves with the name Ghana, yet when Kwame Nkrumah proposed it (GHANA) as the name for the new nation-state, they did not only oppose, but also attacked it. How can saboteurs become Founding Fathers?

Given all that have been enumerated above, how on earth can any living sane person lump Kwame Nkrumah together with the fictitiously labeled Big- Six and/or ex-UGCC's Working Committee members etc., (who strongly opposed, condemned, sabotaged and distanced themselves from anything associated with Nkrumah, as well as bitterly decried him, bombed his house, terrorized members of his CPP, attempted secession from the country, and opposed the name, Ghana for the new nation-state and its flag, from 1948 to Ghana's independence on March 1957) as Founding Fathers??

Where were they on the dais where Kwame Nkrumah stood and declared the Independence of Ghana, followed by the National Anthem as the rising FLAG of Ghana was replacing the downward British flag on the eve of Ghana's independence? Also, where were they in the banquet hall where all those who mattered assembled to celebrate Ghana's independence? The answer. They were busy plotting to make the new nation-state ungovernable, and overthrow to the CPP Government by violence.

History, as a social science, is not a conjured tale, but an analysis of observable and verifiable invents. The records of Ghana's political history are stored in print and electronic media of the time, primary materials and archives for all rational propel to look into. And until new data descends from MARS, KWAME NKRUMAH remains and will remain the ONE and ONLY FOUNDING FATHER of MODERN GHANA.