Son of Ghana’s first President Sekou Nkrumah has hit back at those criticizing him for justifying the 24th February 1966 coup d’etat that show the overthrow the government of his father, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
He seeks to suggest that the man who birthed him was a
civilian dictator reason why his government was overthrown just like a military
dictatorship that culminated to the 1979 Coup.
Responding to some persons attacking him over his recent
comments about the 1966 overthrown and attendant issues he said in a post
sighted by MyNewsGh.com “Kofi Kofi Essel 1966, 1979 both justified! One overthrowing
a civilian dictatorship (one party state), the other a military dictatorship!
Sekou had earlier in a post said ““Unfortunately the 1966
coup can be justified because of the introduction of the one party state in
1964!” He asserted.
However, he concedes that his father remains a political
icon who will remain celebrated by Africans in the foreseeable future.
“But, and there is a big but here, Kwame Nkrumah is a
political icon who will continue to be celebrated by Africans for many years to
come,” he added.
Dr Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown in 1966 in a coup led by EK Kotoka, AA Afrifa and JA Ankrah.
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Army officers Colonel E.K. Kotoka, Major A.A. Afrifa, Lieutenant
General (retired) J.A. Ankrah, and Police Inspector General J.W.K. Harlley, who
led the overthrow justified their takeover by charging the CPP administration
with abuse and corruption and a lack of democratic principles.