Ghana President, John Mills’ decision to travel with two children of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to a ceremony in Ethiopia on the sidelines of the AU Summit to honour the first President of the Republic has not gone down well with the third son of Nkrumah, who was left out.
Loud-mouth Sekou Nkrumah would be left behind as the President heads to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the Heads of State and Governments of the African Union meeting with his two siblings.
A statement released and signed by the Communications Director at the Presidency, Koku Anyidoho, said “President Mills will also be the guest of honour at the unveiling of a statue of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, at the forecourt of the newly constructed AU building. ”
The statement further stated that “President Atta Mills has invited Dr. Francis Nkrumah, and Madam Samia Nkrumah, Chairperson of the CPP, to join in the unveiling of the statue in honour of their father, for the leading role he played in the African liberation struggle as well as the Pan Africanist Movement. ”
It seems the rift between the presidency and the former Head of the National Youth Authority Dr. Sekou Nkrumah, who has over the period been an ardent critic of President Mills is getting wider.
He recently declared his support for the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party Nana Akufo-Addo.
In an interview with Citi News, Sekou said, “I’m not aware of it at all… If you as a president, even during your campaign, one of your campaign messages to Ghanaians is that you’d be the father of all and then all of a sudden when it is something to do with Nkrumah, you decide to sideline some of his children, then of course it rather exposes how hypocritical our President is. “
He added: "He is not after all the father of all but the father of some. ”
There has been no official pronouncement on why Sekou was left out.