“Somehow we have made independence celebration an occasion for our soldiers, police and prison officers, customs and immigration officers and school children to stand in the hot Ghanaian sun and march past state officials. The rest of us at best look on and enjoy another day away from work. The day has also become one for people whose party is in power to show off while those in opposition frown as they look on”, he had written.
“Indeed, it is a joy to observe how other countries celebrate the architects of their independence. For one day, all citizens in these countries sit together, drink and eat together and enjoy the fact that they are citizens of a country they are proud of. Ghanaians can become proud of their country too if progressive leadership encourages the right attitude and behaviour”, the 2 time PPP flagbearer had written six years ago.
Over the years, the number of pupils who collapse during the parade has been increasing, this time including security agents and officials.