Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he will remain in debt to Jerry Rawlings, the former president of Ghana who passed away on Thursday.
In a letter of condolence to the people of Ghana, Obasanjo described Rawlings as a “trusted friend, ally and confidant” of whom he said played a key role in achieving the goals of the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), an organization non-governmental organization (Obasanjo) founded in 1988 to develop leadership capacities in Africa.
Obasanjo said Rawlings supported and accommodated his staff to relocate the organization to Ghana at a time when former military head of state Sanni Abacha wanted to destroy them after he (Obasanjo) was arrested and imprisoned on a bogus coup conspiracy charge. in 1995.
“Without a doubt, his generous help to ALF and its staff makes me always indebted to him. I can proudly say that he was a true friend and brother. His works, values and principles have had and will continue to have a great influence and impact in Africa and beyond, ”he said.
“In mourning for a man who dedicated his life to the growth and development of Ghana, his country in particular, and Africa as a whole. Like many of his contemporaries, former President Rawlings provided much-needed leadership and direction that positively impacted Ghana’s social stability and democratic progress so far. A patriot par excellence and a courageous leader, he will be remembered for his pivotal role in the evolution of modern democratic Ghana.
Obasanjo added that Rawlings was “passionate about issues of peace, security and leadership in Africa.”
The former president of Ghana died at Korle-Bu University Hospital in Accra, Ghana’s capital, after a brief illness on Thursday morning.
Rawlings, a former flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, resigned from the army and became the first president of the Fourth Republic in 1992. ‘
After serving two terms in office, he endorsed his Vice President John Atta Mills as a presidential candidate in 2000.
Source: – The Cable