General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has urged members of the party to keep principles of the June 4, 1979 revolution which is linked with the late Jerry John Rawlings.
According to Mr. Nketia, staying keeping those principles of integrity and liabilty and listing out the national interest will be the best way to honour J.J Rawlings in order to win the 2020 elections.
“The principles of Rawlings are good, but they will be impotent if we are in opposition. So the best tribute to President Rawlings is to be committed to the rescue mission.”
”So be fired up by the temporary demise of our founder to win this election and rescue this nation Ghana which was dear to his heart from the very ills he fought against all his life.”
”Corruption today is worse than what he fought against on the occasion of June 4th. Nepotism today is worse than what occasioned the June 4th revolution.”
”Let us fight to come to power. Let us revisit the idea of June 4th becoming one of the national holidays. We can only do this in power.” He said.
The NDC organised a vigil in honour of J.J Rawlings at the Obra Spot in Accra on Sunday, November 15, 2020.
Mr. Asiedu Nketia addressing the people who attended the vigil said Rawlings, while alive, rejected attempts to name state property after him and that he was rather more concerned that the citizens go by the principles of truthfulness and liability in governance.
“President Rawlings when he was alive, did not take pleasure in monuments being named after him. In fact, there were several occasions where he resisted the attempt to name monuments after him.
”His life also shows that he abhors ostentatious living and ostentatious funerals and ceremonies…He kept reminding us that the best tribute we can keep in his memory is to hold dearly the principles of June 4 based upon which the NDC was established.”
“I believe strongly that the way to keep President Rawlings’ memory alive is to observe the principles of June 4, keep on practising what he cherished most and for my comrades in the cadre fraternity, for us to remind ourselves about the simple things he did to show that he cared for the fellow Ghanaians.” He added.
Asiedu Nektia encouraged the NDC members in other regions and constituencies to organise health walks and clean up exercises to honour J.J Rawlings.
“We have to dedicate one day to undertake a massive clean-up exercise in remembrance of Rawlings and route marches. I believe that if this is done, President Rawlings will be smiling wherever he is now.”