Former President John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama, in wishing Ghanaians a happy July 1, Republic Day, has lamented the cancellation of the holiday by the Akufo-Addo administration.

“Fifty-nine years ago, our beloved Ghana became a Republic and acquired true political independence from the shackles of colonialism,” he recounted.

According to Mr Mahama, who is the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, the significant page in the history of Ghana has been revised by the Akufo-Addo administration through the recent Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 989).

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“By this act, the New Patriotic Party government has expunged Republic Day, also commemorated as ‘Senior Citizens Day’ from the list of public holidays and replaced it with a questionable Founders’ Day holiday on August 4,” a Facebook post by the former President read.

“As a result, we reclaimed for ourselves true political sovereignty. We entrenched equality before the law and emphasised that, the people of Ghana shall be the ultimate source of all political power,” he added.

Below is his Facebook post:

“On this memorable day, I congratulate all senior citizens for the significant sacrifices they have made over the decades in nurturing our dear nation to this current stage.

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“I, also, salute our forebears who fought to establish Ghana’s name in history as the Black Star of Africa and the ‘Beacon of Hope’ for African liberation and integration.

“As we reflect on the deeper undercurrents of our present political and economic challenges, let us dedicate ourselves to the patriotic and nationalistic ideals that led to the creation of our dear nation as a Republic, and await the vindication of the true history of our country, Ghana,” the post urged.

Source: | Gertrude Otchere