The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has eulogised the memory of Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia, Ghana’s Prime Minister in the Second Republic describing him as a true democrat who fought against oppression.
According to him, Dr Busia became a torn in the fresh of the Nkrumah’s regime because of his hate for tyrannical rule.
Prof Oquaye was speaking at a lecture to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Prof Busia’s legacy in Accra.
The lecture, which was attended by President Nana Akufo Addo and Chaired by former President John Agyekum Kufuor as well as New Patriotic Party (NPP) functionaries, was on the was on the theme: “Celebrating the Legacy of Professor K.A Busia”.
Prof Oquaye also stated that Prof Busia never stopped upholding democratic principles and condemning tyrannical tendencies while in Parliament.
He said his role in Parliament was that of a prophet, speaking against the anti-democratic practices adopted by Nkrumah and the CPP.
He described Prof Busia as a convinced democrat who was ahead of his peers and also loved humanity.
Prof Oquaye also stated that Prof Busia was not only a great politician but also a holistic person who left a lasting legacy for humanity.
He urged the youth to learn more about the values of the politician and academic stood for to enable them succeed in their various fields of endeavour.
He noted that Prof Busia’s background of a humble beginning should be an inspiration for the youth although he had a royal blood through his maternal ancestry.
Prof Oquaye also praised Prof Busia for his stance against corruption, which continues to be a key development challenge for many governments after him.
He urged members of the NPP to learn and reflect on Prof Busia’s qualities and include those good ideas in their activities.
Prof Oquaye further extolled Prof. Busia’s academic credentials, adding that, he blazed the trail in the area of education and rose above all obstacles to climb higher the academic ladder.
He described Prof Busia as an excellent example of a learned person who made a good blend of academic and practical knowledge to solve problems and urged the youth to learn from his success story.
“As an academic, his style of writing was elegant but not pretentious. He had a logical mind and could solve problems with ease and could make his opponent in an argument very uncomfortable,” he added.
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