The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has urged President Akufo-Addo to make June 4 a national holiday, if he believes in what the late Jerry John Rawlings stood for.
Mr Rawlings, founder of the opposition NDC, died on Thursday. President Akufo-Addo announced that government will honour the former president with a befitting state burial.
At a vigil at the Obra spot Sunday evening, Mr Asiedu Nketiah who addressed the thousands of sympathizers at the venue said the June 4 uprising was to institute transparency, probity and accountability in the country and fight against corruption.
He then asked the government to reinforce those principles by making June 4 a national holiday if they believe in the legacies of Mr Rawlings.
“If the current government thinks that President Rawlings was a great man, then let them honour his great works and his great works can be remembered if we observe June 4, at least for one day when the nation will stand still, go back and review what June 4 stood for and to re-energize ourselves to live by the principles,” Asiedu Nketiah stated.
He continued, “Let us fight to come to power. Let us revisit the idea of June 4 becoming one of the national holidays. We can only do this when we are in power. In opposition, it cannot be done.”
“What is happening today? The nepotism we are seeing, the corruption we are seeing, which in several ways can be said to be worse than what prevailed before the June 4 [revolution]. It is happening because we have abandoned the important principles of positive defiance. The best way for us to remember President Rawlings is to go back that principle and pledge to live by them,” the NDC Chief Scribe noted.