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LIES, PROPAGANDA DON’T BUILD NATIONS - Mike Oquaye

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Speaker of Parliament, Mike Aaron Oquaye, has cautioned against running the affairs of the state on lies and propaganda.

Speaker of Parliament, Mike Aaron Oquaye, has cautioned against running the affairs of the state on lies and propaganda.

According to him, politicization of national issues do not build a country.

The Speaker of Parliament assured that the New Patriotic Party, by its tradition and ideals, would offer good leadership to Ghanaians.

“As we link this great day to the years to come, we will stand by principle rather than expediency and rather than greed in rendering that which is well known in other countries as public service,” he said.

Speaking at a public lecture on Friday on the topic, ‘4th August; Ghana's Day of Destiny,’ as part of activities marking the 60th independence anniversary of Ghana, the Speaker of Parliament said it was wrong for the National Democratic Congress to twist the history of Ghana.

Prof Oquaye held that contrary to the widely held view that Ghana was founded by Kwame Nkrumah, it took the works of several men and women, who in diverse ways, helped in the country’s attainment of independence.

 “Men and women inspired by love for country met in Saltpond to work for self-governance and freedom from globalization. I have great regard for Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as a great Ghanaian but the truth must be told. A recap of the chronology of events shows that before the arrival of Nkrumah, some gallant Ghanaians were taking steps to lead Ghana to independence. That is truism,” he said.

The lecture, which was attended by President Nana Akufo-Addo, former President J.A Kufuor, the Chief of Staff, Frema Opare; Ivor Greenstreet, 2016 presidential candidate of the Convention People's Party, and Bernard Mornah, of the People's National Convention PNC, was to set the records straight on Ghana’s independence.

According to the Speaker of Parliament, Ghana’s march to independence predated the March 6, 1957 declaration day.

Although he admitted that he had great respect for Dr Nkrumah as a great Ghanaian, he said “the truth must be told,” and that men and women inspired by love for Ghana met in Saltpond to work for self-governance and freedom from globalization.

"A recap of the chronology of events shows that before the arrival of Nkrumah, some gallant Ghanaians were taking steps to lead Ghana to independence. That is truism. People have regrettably asked how we can have more than one founder to such compatriots,” he said.

Prof Oquaye explained that the first President became one of Ghana’s founding fathers by his association with members of the UGCC and stressed that, "Honour must be given to the deserving men who are the founding fathers of Ghana.”

He said the story of Nkrumah and the founders of the United Gold Coast Convention was similar to biblical Paul who was not present during the last Supper with Christ, as were Peter James and John but was credited to have played a major role in the spread of Christianity.

The Speaker of Parliament also had some words for the Convention People’s Party, who, according to him, had allowed themselves to be ‘swallowed’ by the NDC.

He was of the view that the political fortunes of the CPP would continue to dwindle if the party did not detach itself from the NDC.

“If the CPP want to survive they must proceed to extricate themselves from the bowels of NDC, then they will survive,” Prof Oquaye said.

Earlier, President Nana Akufo-Addo had joined the Wesley Methodist Church Congregation in Saltpond to mark the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the UGCC.

The memorial and thanksgiving service formed part of activities marking Ghana’s 60 Years of independence.

The President, arriving to a tumultuous welcome, read the first Bible scripture from Isaiah 40:25-31, while the acting Chairman of the ruling NPP, Freddie Blay, took the second reading from Philippians 4:6-9.

In a sermon, which focused on the scriptures read by the President, the former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, the Most Reverend  Emmanuel Asante Antwi, asked political and pressure groupings to always uphold due processes and to operate within the boundaries of the law.

He asked the youth to exercise patience as the Government had expressed its commitment to transform the economy and create jobs for their wellbeing,

He also stressed the need for modesty and circumspection in the deeds and pronouncements of politicians, calling on all and sundry to reverence the forebears of Ghana's independence struggle.

The most Rev. Asante Antwi also urged the government to invest in the reformation of education  because he explained, “but for education our forebears would not have been able to take the practical and analytical decisions that brought us independence.”

He also appealed to Ghanaians and the corporate world to support plans to build the National Cathedral in Accra, and amplified a prophecy about the exploration of oil in Saltpond that would create jobs and boost Ghana's economy.

"Let today's celebration lead us to a new path, so that Ghana would be great and strong," he prayed.

Prayers were said for the promotion of incorruptible leadership, quality education, job creation, unity and consensus building in the polity of the country.