What shall it profit Nana Akufo-Addo, to introduce the study of Joseph Boakye Danquah, as part of our history, only for the next administration in 2021 to expunge it?
Once upon a time in this country for 19 years, Jerry John Rawlings, was the lord of this land. His words became law and his actions justified with applause.
For the 19 years that he reign supreme, June 4th, the uprising that brought him to power was observed as a public holiday.
National resources was spent to make sure it was well observed and then on May 29, 2001, the minister of Interior, Alhaji Malik Alhassan Yakubu, laid a bill in parliament under a state of urgency to abolish the celebration of June 4, as a Public Holiday.
President John Agyekum Kufuor, also set in motion actions and activities to undo everything President Rawlings had done.
Chiefly among the things he changed was the extension of Senior Secondary School from three to four years and the change of name to Senior High School.
He refused to stay at the Osu Castle, which has been the seat of government since 1957, he preferred rather to stay in his house and commute to work every day.
The number of times J.A Kufuor traveled out of this country was more than he spent in the country. His son used the position of his father to acquire a hotel, which came to be known as ‘hotel de waawaa’.
He persecuted ex-president Rawlings; he was painted as a monster and even privileges guaranteed him under the 1992 Constitution was stripped off.
Ordinarily, Chickens are not expected to fly, our president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has become a wayward chicken that has been flying and distorting everything he came to meet, including the history of this country.
In 2001, the late President John Evans Atta Mills, commissioned the Nkrumah Centenary Celebration Planning Committee to plan the activities marking the 100th birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
As part of the celebration September 21, which was Dr. Nkrumah’s birthday, was set aside to be observed as a Public Holiday. The day was christened as the Founder’s Day.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), while in opposition, kicked against the idea, preferring rather we have a Founders Day, rather than just a day to observe and celebrate only Nkrumah.
For years, Akufo-Addo has been pursuing the Ghanaian Presidency desperately and mischievously and when he finally had, he has been on a frolic to change everything he came to meet.
He is desperately chasing immortality.
In the words of William Shakespeare “O mischief, thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men!
Akufo-Addo, is very desperate, he is desperate not to change the fortunes of this country, but to have a page in the history of this country written about his family.
Since Independence, we have never had a president or head of state fill his government with his family members as we are witnessing under Akufo-Addo.
Every important portfolio is occupied by his family member not only to the chagrin of Ghanaians, but members of the New Patriotic Party.
As if this was not enough, he has moved to change the Founder’s Day to Nkrumah Memorial Day and declared August 4, rather as the Founders Day to honour his uncle Dr. J.B Danquah.
On May 7, 2018, speaking at the launch of an Endowment Fund as part of the institution’s 70th Anniversary, the president said, “how felicitous was that decision and how greatly, it has contributed to the growth of modern Ghana.
“It will be wholly appropriate and not at all far-fetched to describe Joseph Boakye Danquah as the founder of this University.”
Worse still the president is still trying albeit unsuccessful to project his uncle in the affairs of the nation.
The latest is the introduction by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) for the study of JB Danquah into the new curriculum to be introduced next academic year.
The new curriculum is for pupils as they progress from class one to class six.
Although, Dr. J.B Danquah was among the big six, the timing of the new curriculum leaves much to be desired.
Although, J.A Kufuor, used power to further his end, never did he come close to what Nana Addo, is doing.
The president, has no regards for the sentiments of the citizenry, he does as he desires, we can talk but he has the power, but he has forgotten that, power belongs to the people.
J.B Danquah, cannot stand shoulder to shoulder with Nkrumah. Nkrumah is a global icon, and it was evident to the president when he visited Cuba recently.
Curriculum is not cast in stone, it is not an entrench clause in the Constitution, so he should remember that, it is only valid and relevant for as long as he is in office.
The just introduced curriculum will be thrown out of the window, the day his presidency, comes to an end and God willing it will be in 2021.
As the wise saying goes, if you want no disappointments, don’t indulge in illusions. He who lives on illusions dies of disillusion. But, like a wayward chicken, Nana Addo, has been unable to analyze his delusions.