Jerry John Rawlings, a great inspiration to Ghanaians, Africans and the entire world may have left us, but his words of motivation, revolution, democracy and inspiration will never leave us.
Jerry Rawlings, on the 12th of November, 2020 passed away after a reported short illness. He Was married to Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings. They had 4 daughters and a son.
He was a great inspiration and a powerful force who led Ghana into a new democratic dispensation.
Jerry Rawlings was born on 22 June 1947 (Aged 73) in Accra to Victoria Agbotui, a Ghanaian and James Ramsey John, a Scottish. He attended Achimota school where he met his beloved wife and subsequently the Ghana Military Academy in Teshie, Greater Accra.
We will surely miss him. Here are a few of his most powerful quotes to help you keep his message and conviction in mind and heart.
15 Most Powerful Jerry J. Rawlings Quotes to Remember His Legacy
- “I, Rawlings will not turn round and commit the very crime for which another man lost his life.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “Truth is so important. Do you know what Ghandi said? And I don’t need Ghandi to tell it to me. Ghandi said he was looking for truth in God only to discover that God was in truth.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “People with conscience are sometimes appalled by the extreme insensitivity displayed by some political appointees. The unprecedented levels of corruption, offensive show of power and opulence by some at a time when our country requires prudence and frugality is something that I call on President Mahama and his vice to set their eyes on” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “The most dangerous mistake of any political force is to forget its roots.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “The test of religious belief is not in pious platitudes and cautious charity but in positive and creative action.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “Democracy is not realized merely by having a machinery for registering voters and getting them to vote every four years, but also by there being a machinery for identifying the needs of those voters in between the election periods, and monitoring the realization of those needs.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “You know something, chief? If we can learn to be bold enough to restore the value of truth in our society, then we will have justice. And that’s why we are suffering.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “It is not the absence of military interventions, which we seem to have achieved that will restore democracy, freedom, justice and development. What is required is the integrity of leadership and ability to empower the people. Leadership should have confidence in our people and not feel intimidated by empowering them.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “Food is a political weapon…Africa’s foremost defense is self-sufficiency in food. Until we attain a substantial measure of freedom from food dependency, we are vulnerable to manipulation by the wealthier nations.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “The white man who brought the Bible into my country, your continent, the Muslim who brought whatever it is. He’s the same person who has gone and invented the lie detector test, the chemical interrogation test.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “I would dare you to go and line up some of your finest policemen, some of your finest head of states, some of your finest, what you call it “judges”, make any allegations against me. You included. One of the questions you want to ask. Take me through a chemical interrogation, I will be the one who will pass. I wonder how many of you will pass.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “Whatever form of government we adopt as a people to suit our peculiar circumstances, our basic tenet is our common yearning and concern for every individual; for politics, whatever its color must be an avenue to serve our fellowmen.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- It is not the absence of military interventions, which we seem to have achieved that will restore democracy, freedom, justice and development. What is required is the integrity of leadership and ability to empower the people. Leadership should have confidence in our people and not feel intimidated by empowering them” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “Nothing is more shameful for a people than a government imposing itself on the will of the people. Genuine electoral processes conducted without fear or intimidation, without the harsh use of our armed forces, produces a cleansing effect in society and reassures the people that their will has prevailed. The denial of the will of the people and its attendant corruption is what used to generate the coups of the past. If we want to distance our political dispensation from coup d’états then it is incumbent upon us to maintain the sanctity of the right of choice and the electoral process.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
- “Nothing beats logic than a government that forces itself on its citizens. A genuine conducted electoral process should be without the harsh use of the armed forces, and without fear of intimidation. This is the best way to assure people that their will has prevailed, thus produces a cleansing effect in the society.” – Jerry J. Rawlings
These quotes are but a snapshot of what a good man the late Ghanaian Ex-President was. Moved to the core to help the ordinary person and the nation, he went great lengths, enduring torture for the sake of the Ghanaian people. Indeed, his life is worthy of emulation. He may be in the heavens now, but his spirit, message and legacy still live with us through his quotes of conviction and revolution. We salute you J. J. Rawlings!