Today since the 1st of July, 1960 has been a public holiday in Ghana to mark the day Ghana gained a republican status. However, Ghana under the current government will no longer enjoy this opportunity since other holidays have been instituted.
The former president of Ghana and Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has wished Ghanaians a happy republic day and is of the view that the NPP Government has expunged Republic day. He made this statement and others on his official Facebook page this morning. Below is the full message of JDM.
Happy 59th Republic Day!
59 years ago, our beloved Ghana became a Republic and acquired true political independence from the shackles of colonialism.
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.
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.
I, also, salute our forbears 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.
Sadly, this significant page in our history has been revised by the Akufo Addo administration through the recent Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 989).
By this act, the NPP 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 4th.
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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.
Once again, happy 59th Republic Day!
Happy Senior Citizens Day!