1957 in seconding the motion of the Address by the Prime Minister in reply to her Majesty the Queen, he had this to say:
“We have also benefited from British administration and law to which we owe our concepts of nationhood, democracy and individual freedom . . . Nevertheless, these benefits came to us on the basis of a relationship which could not but be an affront to us, resting as it did on assumptions [that] we were bound to question, and on injustices [we] were bound, sooner or later to seek to rectify. It happily accords with contemporary thought and feeling that such a relationship should end.”
Mr. Speaker, it is again very clear that K. A. Busia supported the independence struggle and indeed contributed to its attainment.
Notwithstanding however, Mr. Speaker, he believed as stated earlier that all legal means should be explored and the due process of the law exhausted before we resorted to armed struggle and indeed that was what happened. Mr. Speaker, while we lost Sgt. Adjetey of sad and blessed memory, and others we did not go to war but we got independence -- Mr. Speaker, Busia was right and the opponents were wrong.
Mr. Speaker, yes, Busia believed in multi partisanism, his opponents did not. They believed in one-party rule, they believed in military dictatorship, they believed in quasi-military dictatorship and after 50 years, we have all come to agree that multipartisan democracy is the preferred alternative. Again, Mr. Speaker, Busia was right and his opponents were wrong.
Mr. Speaker, yes, Busia believed in dialogue and consensus building.
Mr. Speaker, it is true that South Africa lost its great sons through armed struggle but Mr. Speaker in the end it is dialogue, tolerance, and consensus that have provided the enduring peace, stability, and accelerated development that South Africans are enjoying now.
Mr. Speaker, on this count too, I think Busia was right and his opponents were wrong.
Mr. Speaker, Busia believed that democracy and free enterprise was a better alternative to Socialism and state ownership. It is fairer, more humane and more enduring and will better advance the cause of our nation. His opponents argued that he was out of sync.
Mr. Speaker, 50 years later, Socialism has been discredited. Even those who nurtured it and whispered it into the ears of Busia's opponents in Ghana have abandoned it.
Mr. Speaker on this last count too, Busia was right and his opponents were wrong.
Mr. Speaker, these few words epitomize K. A. Busia, a rare gem of Ghanaian politics. A man whose politics was influenced by his intellectual brilliance. A man whose politics was underpinned by his strong religious beliefs. A man who blended traditional wisdom with modern political philosophy.
Mr. Speaker, this is a man, in whom one finds the trinity of politics, academia, and religion; a man who lived at a time when chaos and dictatorship triumphed over the rule of law; a man who lived when anarchy prevailed over due process. A man who lived when military interventionism was preferred to peaceful change of