Honour Late President Hilla Limann — PNC Scribe

Late Dr. Hilla LimannGhana has been “absolutely unfair” to late President Hilla Limann, the Peoples’ National Convention’s General Secretary, Bernard Mornah, has stated.

Dr. Limann was President of Ghana from September 24, 1979 to December 31, 1981.

He was overthrown by Flt-Lt. Jerry Rawlings, whose Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) regime ruled for eleven years before allowing multi-party democracy in the Fourth Republic to take roots in 1992.

According to Mornah, the failure by the governments of the current main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the now governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), to erect national monuments in honour of Dr. Limann smacks of gross discrimination.

He said it appeared the nation had not recognised Dr Limann’s contribution to Ghana’s democracy and development adding that “because it is Limann and sometimes it hurts”.

“Dr. Limann served the same 27 months that Prof. Busia served this country, haven’t we recognised Prof. Busia? Go to the 37 Roundabout and see the statue that is there.”

He said that, “if you go around the country, even people that came as military leaders have been given some monuments that are named after them, what is our government waiting for? And we started talking about this long ago, I recall that as a party, we even entered into an agreement with the NDC under Atta Mills over the matter”.

He wondered why even individuals who were not presidents, such as Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, whose son, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, is the current Chairman of the NPP, a progeny of the United Party tradition — whose forebears were founders of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) — have been given national recognition by naming streets after them, whereas Dr. Limann has not been accorded any such honours.

On the part of the NDC, Mr. Mornah said he suspected the government was reluctant to honour Dr. Limann because the party did not want to offend former President Jerry Rawlings, founder of the NDC who also toppled the Limann administration.

“I am tempted to say that probably because Rawlings overthrew Limann, the NDC doesn’t feel committed to do anything to eulogise Limann,” Mornah said. “It’s not about Rawlings as a person; it is about our nation and I feel totally hurt,” he confessed.

He wondered: “Are you saying that when PNC takes over, we should not recognise the contribution of Prof. Atta-Mills and John Mahama? That should not be the way we should run our nation. It must take all of us to see the level of ingratitude that we have shown to other people of this nation.”

Mr. Mornah added, “honestly I think that as a nation, we have to rise up. It must not take PNC members to be talking about these things”. — Source: XYZ News

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