Son of Ghana’s first President Sekou Nkrumah has said there is enough justification for the overthrow of his father in the 1966 coup, ABC News can report.
Col. E.K. Kotoka, Major A.A. Afrifa and the then Inspector-General of Police, Mr J.W.K. Harley staged the revolution at the dawn of February 24, 1966, while Nkrumah was still on a peace mission in Asia.
They had announced on the state radio that “Kwame Nkrumah is overthrown, and the myth surrounding him is broken.”
Dr. Nkrumah, at the time, was reportedly seen as an ally of the then Soviet Union and Eastern Europe during the ‘Cold War’. But the pan-Africanist leader denied all such accusations.
In a Facebook post, days to the 54th-anniversary commemoration of the event, Sekou Nkrumah opined that the introduction of the one-party state in 1964 by Kwame Nkrumah is enough justification for his overthrow.
He however noted that the legacies of the first president of Ghana are indelible.
”Unfortunately the 1966 coup can be justified because of the introduction of the one party state in 1964! But, and there is a big but here, Kwame Nkrumah is a political icon who will continue to be celebrated by Africans for many many years to come,” Sekou Nkrumah wrote.