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‘Rawlings was very caring; people don’t believe he never slapped me’ – Kofi Adams

Kofi Adams, a former spokesperson to the late President Jerry John Rawlings has eulogised his former boss, describing him as a very caring person who hated discrimination.

Mr Adams who is now the Member of Parliament (MP) for Buem in the Oti Region, said the former military leader was a very good person despite the perception held by some Ghanaians that he was an aggresive leader.

“He was never aggressive as far as I can remember. There were times that he would appear as a brother, other times he would appear as a father and sometimes as a comerade,” the former National Organiser of the NDC told Mugabe Maase on Inside Politics.

“When I was his [Rawlings’] spokesperson, some people would ask how many slaps I received from him, but I always told them he was not that type,” Adams disclosed. “The former president was not someone who discriminated. He treated drivers or cleaners like any other person.”

“Whenever we travelled, especially in Nigeria where sometimes his entourage would be taken care of later, he always ensured that everyone in his team was taken care of before he would proceed to do anything else,” he added.

Adams said the achievements of his former boss as a head of state would continue to stand tall, especially in the education sector where he, together with his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, built many basic schools across the country.

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Funeral

Ex-President Rawlings died on November 12, 2020, at the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital at the age of 73.

Thousands of Ghanaians have been paying their respects to the departed former President, Jerry John Rawlings, at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) where he was laid in state for public viewing on Monday, January 25.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and John Mahama today went to pay respect to their friend earlier today as mourners from far and near shed tears.

allbearers carrying the remains of former President Jerry John Rawlings from the Accra International Conference Centre after the first day of viewing. INSET: Some mourners shedding tears. Picture: EBOW HANSON

Yesterday, various interest groups and members of the public, religious and traditional leaders, officers and the leadership of the various political parties thronged the AICC to pay respect to the former president.

Lt Gen Obed Akwa, the Chief of the Defence Staff, and his entourage, expressing their condolences to the bereaved family.

Other notable Ghanaians filed past the body of the former president were security chiefs, including the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr James Oppong-Boanuh; the Chief of the Defence Staff, Major General Obed Boamah Akwa, and the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah.

Tributes

Last week, several MPs paid tribute to the longest-serving Ghanaian President on the floor of the law-making chamber.

Kofi Adams was one of the lawmakers whose tribute caught the attention of most Ghanaians because it centrered on the withdrawal of courtesies imposed on Mr Rawlings barely two years after he left office in 2001.

The courtesies were withdrawn by then Foreign Affairs Minister and current president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo when Rawlings was about to travel to Washington DC in September 2002 .

But Kofi Adams say the unfortunate incident helped Mr Rawlings appreciate the struggles of Ghanaians and interact with ordinary persons.

“Mr. Speaker,” Kofi Adams  said “I have listened to the tributes and one thing that saddens me and I pray it is never done to any leader of this country is what we visited on our late former president.”

“Indeed, the withdrawal of courtesies, I happened to be his aide at certain time of the period when these courtesies were withdrawn and an illustrious son who we are paying tribute to today as he travelled around the world, sometimes having to carry his own bags using the ordinary route.”

He continued, “But actually, one thing he taught us that we must all learn is that he was really never angry. He took advantage of this attempt to humiliate him rather build good walls. The stones that were thrown at him, he used them for a solid foundation.”

By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com

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