The Former President, John Dramani Mahama has added his voice to the debate on the founders of Ghana saying Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah is the true founder of Ghana and that he led the independence struggle.
The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was heavily criticised after his speech during Ghana@60 independence anniversary parade, for ‘downplaying’ Dr Nkrumah’s role.
Some argued that he skewed accounts of the independence struggle in favour of his father Edward Akufo-Addo and uncle J.B Danquah.
According to Mr Mahama, Dr Nkrumah gave the critical spark that eventually led to independence remarking that there are others who assisted him.
He likened the struggle of independence of Ghana by Dr Nkrumah to Jesus Christ who championed Christianity.
“Certainly, one thing we can’t run away from is that, Nkrumah is the founder of our nation. He led the independence struggle. Many people contributed and it happens; in Christianity, there is John the Baptist, there are all the apostles, but who is the champion of Christianity, Jesus Christ.
“We don’t undermine the role other people played… but you cannot recognize all those who took part. There is that person who gave the critical spark that eventually led to independence. And you cannot run away from the fact that it is Dr. Kwame Nkrumah,’ Mr Mahama said this during the first book reading session of his autobiography; ‘My first Coup D’etat’ at the University of Ghana on Tuesday.