Greed, corruption, indiscipline were all vices which pushed then Chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, Flt. Lt. John John Rawlings to forcefully take over power in a bloody coup.

Thirty four years on, it appears lessons have not been learnt. That is according to former Member of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo Michael Teye Nyaunu.

The MP, a student of the revolution told Joy News the principles of probity, accountability and transparency which the uprising sought to imbibe in Ghanaians have not reflected in the lives of the people.

Regrettably, according to him, those vices are being repeated, warning that it may strike a chord in another generation to possible stage another revolution which he said would
not be helpful to the nation.

Michael Teye Nyaunu suggested that the public is educated on what brought about June 4 in 1979.

He recalled that the revolution changed the history of the country and raised political consciousness, paving way for more people,bincluding young men, to develop interest in politics.

Earlier, a short ceremony was held to commemorate the day.

Former President Rawlings did not address the gathering, which included former Attorney General Martin Amidu and NDC leading member Huudu Yahaya.

Mr Rawlings chose rather to observe proceedings whilst the Chief of Osu addressed the gathering, admonishing Ghanaians to take a sober reflection of what the day stands for.

Aide to Mr Rawlings, Kofi Adams, told Joy News Mr Rawlings did not address the event because he had already delivered a speech a day before.

Usually he delivers a speech on such an occasion when there is no other function to commemorate the day, so it was not really necessary for him to speak again, he explained.

Kofi Adams also justified the continued celebration of the day, insisting its significance should not be underestimated.

Meanwhile, the issue of whether the uprising was a blessing or curse has always been a controversial one. So controversial that it has become commonplace to hear people support or reject its significance depending on which side of the political divide one stands on.

Political scientist with the Centre for Democratic Governance Prof Baffour Agyemang Duah agrees that principles of probity, accountability and transparency are still relevant today.

He however points out the country lacks the leadership to enforce them.

Prof. Agyeman Duah has therefore lauded former President Rawlings for his consistency and passion in espousing the principles of probity, transparency and accountability.



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