Former President Jerry John Rawlings has criticised the intellectuals of the party he founded, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for failing to shape the history of the revolution on June 4.
He described them as disappointment during his speech on the 41st anniversary of the June 4 riots, indicating that they have not done enough to structure Ghana’s historical narrative.
For example, Mr. Rawlings suggested that despite the accusations of human rights violations during the junta, his time as a military leader was inseparable from democracy.
“We entered the constitutional government in 1992, but democracy began long before. [The revolution] was one of the best times in our history. We need to talk more about it.”
He believes the intellectuals of his party have done less to shape the history of the revolution.
“They opened their mouths and I don’t hear much from their mouths,” he added, stressing that they need to “boldly paint a more accurate picture of Ghana” during the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), which ruled Ghana afterwards, after the second military coup which was successfully led by Rawlings on December 31, 1981.
He also criticised the so-called socialists in the country for failing to educate Ghanaians about their socialist beliefs.
The June 4 riot was the first successful coup involving Mr. Rawlings, then a flight lieutenant.
On June 4, 1979, troops consisting mostly of junior officers, Generals Fred Akuffo and Rawlings, took over the country as chair of the 15-member Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC).
Most of them claimed that their actions were triggered by public dissatisfaction and state corruption.
The council presides over house cleaning for three months. Elections to the Third Republic then took place in Ghana and the government was handed over to Hilla Liman’s People’s National Party.