The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, is challenging Akufo-Addo led government to make June 4 a public holiday to prove that he recognizes former President Rawlings as a great man.
“If the current government thinks that President Rawlings was a great man, then let them honour his great works, 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,” he said.
Speaking at the vigil to honour former President Rawlings in Accra on November 15, Mr. Nketia suggested they would consider the idea of June 4 becoming one of the national holidays.
He explained that making it a public holiday will be a good way to honour the memory of former President Jerry John Rawlings.
According to him, such a holiday will energize Ghanaians and give them an opportunity to reflect on the principles of the June 4 revolution.
“Let us fight to come to power. Let us revisit the ideals 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,” he said.
During the rule of Flt. Lt Rawlings, June 4 was observed as a public holiday.
In the year 2001, under former President John Agyekum Kufuor regime, Parliament passed the Public Holidays Amendment Law, which abolished the celebration of June 4 as a public holiday.
The passing of the bill sparked an intensive debate which generated a lot of controversy between the majority and the minority parliament.
Mr. Nketia claims that corruption and nepotism under the Akufo-Addo are worse than what triggered the June 4, 1979 revolution.