Major (rtd) Kwadwo Boakye Djan widely accepted as the main planner of the June 4, 1979, military coup with other junior officers that brought Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings to power in Ghana, has reiterated that the event was not worth celebrating because of the bloody excesses.
Rather, he thinks it should just be a solemn commemorative event.
In a radio interview on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the uprising, and when he was asked for a comment on how the June 4th uprising should be recognised in Ghana's history and commemorated, Boakye Djan said some have said it is not worth celebrating but it should rather be commemorated because people died, "eight Generals were executed and many other soldiers died in the bloody confrontation," he said.
He said acts of war are not celebrated and that even in Britain, the whole royal family goes to the cenotaph once a year to solemnly commemorate the death of all those who died in the first and second world wars.
“I think the time has come for us to start doing something like that in this country,” he said in the radio interview on Accra based Okay FM Thursday morning and monitored by Graphic Online.
He said the noise with the commemoration of June 4th should be looked at and that “there were dangerous gaps in the knowledge of some people...and we need to sit down and think properly and do it and stop making politics with it because June 4th is a guarantor of our democracy.”
He said June 4th has guaranteed the long constitutional rule that Ghana has witnessed since 1992.