Three UK-based think-tanks, have called on Ghana to use the 56th Anniversary celebration to facilitate rapid attainment of the ultimate vision, mission and purpose of the de-colonisation struggle.
?We also commend Ghana?s Leadership for managing to prevent Ghana from plunging into outright violence as witnessed elsewhere on the African Continent and other parts of the world, the Great Trust, Council For Afrika International and Afrika Liberation Council said in a statement issued by its President Dr Koku Adomdza and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.
It noted that while strides have been made in the 56-year journey of post-Colonial Ghana, it is regrettable that Ghana is still very much dependent on all things foreign and un-African, and has not attained the aspirations and desires of the pioneers of decolonisation.
?It is significant to remind that one of the crucial factors that distinguished the then Gold Coast from the other colonies was that the pioneers of decolonisation took a stand to operate positively, radically differently from the norm, through an uncompromising and categorical objection to the savagery and barbarism of colonialism.
?The attainment of political independence in Ghana thus became an attractive proposition that snowballed into a cascade of political independence declarations by several other former colonies on the African Continent.
?Without the bold stand of the UGCC (United Gold Coast Convention and the CPP (Convention People?s Party) to take a principal and principled stand against colonialism, the declaration of political independence would have taken far longer and costlier, ? statement said.
It said it is unacceptable that neo-colonialism has been countenanced, accommodated and tolerated to become an asphyxiating albatross around the neck of Africa?s contemporary leaders.
?Neo-colonialism is to continue the agenda of colonialism by entrenching and prolonging Ghana?s dependency under African self-rule, which undermines her development and advancement.
?It is a mirage to think that neo-colonialism will facilitate the delivery of freedom, justice and holistic independence to Ghana. Freedom, justice and independence are not given, you claim it with all the tools you have, including courage, ethics, patriotism and leadership.
?Neo-colonialism exploits the resulting tensions within African rulers and citizens to divert attention from its catalogue of treasonable atrocities, not excluding facilitating an illicit annual capital flight of circa $1.06 trillion in exchange of a pittance in foreign aid.?
The statement called for a period of profound reflection and prayers for wisdom, candour, patriotism and remembrance in honour of the martyrs of Ghana?s on-going half-century process of de-colonisation and reminder of the yet-to-be-realised ultimate objectives of the declaration of Ghana?s political Independence.