FRENCH ATOMIC TESTS IN THE SAHARA
Accra February 13, 1960
My government has learnt with horror that the Government of France, in total disregard of repeated protests by Ghana and other African States, and of the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, has defied the
conscience of mankind and has this morning exploded a nuclear device on African soil.
My government further notes a declaration by the French Prime Minister that this explosion is only the first of a series of similar explosions to be carried out by the Government of France.
In these circumstances, my government must take immediate action to safeguard the interests of the people of Ghana and, therefore, as a first
step, my government has decided to freeze, as from today, the assets of all
French firms in Ghana until such a time as the effects on the population of Ghana of the present atomic explosion and the future experiments referred to by the French Prime Minister, become known.
I appeal to the nation to remain calm. My government will take any further action which may become necessary.
I remember well this testing harmattan period and the influenza virus that hit us as the North-northeast trade winds carried the fusion blast to us but the weather turned during the Spring and Summer and the Southwest trade winds carried the fusion blast across the Mediterranean to Europe.
In his WORLD WITHOUT THE BOMB address, I very well remember Nkrumah saying that atomic blast is no respector of frontiers.
We had a leadership then who knew how to project and as well as protect the national interest above all else.
Now, Africa is saddled with quislings or sellouts who have no backbones. There are no heads of state and government who measure up to the leadership standard of the NKrumah generation. The stark difference here is that Nkrumah took the fate and destiny of Africans and all people of African descent seriously.
The pride, dignity and industry of the African lie in UNITY.
AFRICA MUST UNITE.
AFRICA MUST DECOLONISE .