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Opinions of Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Columnist: Dotse, Kwasi Gibralta

Who is Jerry Rawlings?

…..…..Fellow Akatamansonians lend me your ears, I am here to remind you not to chastise
……….When the poor have cried JJ have wept
………..You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause beholds you then, to hail insults on him?

What is happening in the NDC today in regards to Former President Dr. Jerry John Rawlings, the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), can be compared to what happened to our Lord Jesus Christ some 2000 years ago when the very people who said “Hosanna, Hosanna” were the very people who said “crucify him, crucify him”.

I am here to remind you that we once loved him for the very things we are accusing him of today: Honesty, Truth, Integrity, Probity, Accountability, Courage, and His Compassion for the ordinary people.

At a reception in honor of the former President on his 60th birthday, on Friday the 22nd of June, 2007, a lot of praises were heaped on him but today, he has become the villain.

Below, I reproduce the full text culled from Sunday, the 24th of June, 2007 edition of the Daily Graphic:

I Will Help Protect Constitution – Rawlings

Former President, Flt Lt J.J. Rawlings, has reiterated his commitment to help protect the country’s Constitution.
He added, however, that he would continue to speak against the ills in society.
Former President Rawlings said this at a reception organized in his honor by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) on Friday night at the State House in Accra to mark his 60th birthday.

The ceremony was attended by Oheneba Adusei Poku, the Akyempemhene of Kumasi, who represented the Asantehene, traditional rulers, friends, former ministers of the NDC regime, and a cross-section of the public.Also in attendance was the 35-member Renaissance school Varsity Chorus of Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Former President Rawlings called for a collective effort, particularly from the main opposition party, at restoring what he described as sanity in the country.He commended the NDC MPs for their role in maintaining interests of Ghanaians from being abused.He also spoke about the need to preserve role models in society and mentioned in particular Dr. (Mrs.) Mary Grant, a former member of the council of State in the NDC regime, adding that those role models had a lot to contribute towards the country’s growth and development.He further paid tribute to his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata, Dr. Benjamin Kumbuor and others for their support and contributions in his life.

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr. Alban Bagbin, commended the former President for his contribution towards restoring democracy in the country.He urged him not to be deterred by the attitude of his detractors, saying that “there are a lot of people ready to die for you.”
“I want to assure you that there are a lot of people who are ready to die for you. We will continue to die for you. Nobody can erase you from memory,” he said.He commanded Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings and her children for their support for the former president.

Mr. Tsikata described former president Rawlings as a man of integrity and courage who worked for the good of the country. He said even as a young man in his 30s, Rawlings had not been scared of losing his life for the good of the country.He attributed the former President’s ability to withstand the lies from his detractors to the Creator and His love for the truth.

A legal practitioner, Mr. Tony Lithur, said one remarkably thing about former President Rawlings was his compassion for the ordinary people.
Mr. Kweku Sintim-Misa (KSM), a satirist, said although he, like many others, had been very critical of the Rawlings regime, he had come to the programme to pay homage to Rawlings for the good of the work he had done for the country.

Dr. Ezanetor Rawlings, daughter of the former President, said the Rawlings children had not received any preferential treatment as the children of a President, adding, “Our father did not abuse power.”

“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44)

Fellow Akatamansonians, let not this fate befall our great family! Don’t forget NPP (the enemy of the people) is growling around hungry for power!!!

President Rawlings deserves better.

Gibralter Kwasi Dotse
NDC Virginia