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June 4th was a purely Military Affair

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

In the United States, the month of March has been widely observed to provoke rampant instances of lunacy among citizens disposed towards violence. Oftentimes, such lunacy comes in the form of shooting sprees in which innocent people lose their lives at the hands of clinical basket cases with an axe, or two, to grind. In recent years, such violent incidents have found near-exclusive expression among teenagers and/or high school pupils. As a result, there has been coined the term “March Madness.”

In Ghana, there has also developed an equally unsavory phenomenon called “June 4th Lunacy.” The latter is an allusion to the 1979 uprising in which some disgruntled low-ranking military officers took up arms and violently ousted Gen. F. W. K. Akuffo’s so-called Supreme Military Council (SMC II) junta. Nearly two years before, Gen. Akuffo, then Army Chief of Staff, had ousted then-Gen. I. K. Acheampong’s SMC I in a bloodless palace coup. The latter had mischievously attempted to civilianize himself as well as entrench his 5-year-old government by calling for an Nkrumaist type of Union Government (UNIGOV) based on a one-party system, and had conducted a nationwide referendum, which was widely regarded as heavily rigged, for the purpose.

Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe


2 Responses to “June 4th was a purely Military Affair”

  1. Kkoffi said

    it was neccessary. and in the future when the few privileged try to take advantage of the majority, i will pray someone reminds us again… bloodshed is a form of cleansing.

  2. Lagus said

    the ramblings of a halfbaked proffessor bent on muddling the true events of ghana history to suit his tribal myopia.

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