The Editor In Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has shot down President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s claim that the Late Dr. J B Danquah is the founder of the nation’s premier university, the University of Ghana.
Speaking at the launch of an endowment fund to raise 100 million Dollars in five years to fund research activities for the University of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo, observed that, “It will be wholly factual and not far-fetched to describe Joseph Boakye Danquah as the founder of the University of Ghana.”
The President’s statement immediately sparked a debate from several quarters in the country including the academia, politicians and other members of the public who have criticized him for attempting to distort Ghana’s history to place his family relations in prestigious positions in history since Dr. J B Danquah is his uncle.
Others have also faulted the President for open bias for singling out JB Danquah for special mention in the midst of many others and have therefore concluded with a suspicion that the President was laying the pipelines for the renaming of the University after his favorite uncle.
The reign of the Akufo-Addo government has seen the renaming of some important edifices since its inauguration into office a little over a year ago, including the reversion of the name of the seat of government from Flagstaff House to Jubilee House among others.
Contributing to a panel discussion on the news analysis talk show programme, Newsfile, which was monitored by afriwakeradio.com, the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jn, observed that the President had largely exaggerated his claim about Dr. JB Danquah as the founder of the University.
While the Ace Journalist and astute political commentator acknowledged the very significant contribution made by the late political leader in the events leading up to the establishment of the University of Ghana, he faulted the President for separating Dr. Danquah for special mention when the records show that there were other equally significant contributors in that struggle.
“What the President said amounts to an exaggeration of the role of JB Danquah….When you exaggerate the truth the essence of the truth is undermined or destroyed.” He observed.
Mr. Kweku Baako, equally accused the University of Ghana for the same offense of exaggeration and omission for singling out Dr. JB Danquah for special mention on its website as the personality who led the debate in parliament for the adoption of the Majority Report of the General Assembly that led to the establishment of the University.
Other contributors on the programme such as the MP for the Adaklu Constituency, Governs Kwame Agboja and Professor Justice Bawley from the University of Ghana Business School’s Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, also faulted the President for his claim in exception of the Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Joseph Kpenka, who posited that the President was right within his rights to make such a claim given the instrumentality of the contribution of the late Statesman in the establishment of the University.
Source: Clement Akoloh/afriwakeradio.com