The Catholic Archbishop of Cape Coast and Vice President of Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference (GCBC) Most Rev Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle has said that the late former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings lived and died for his principles of transparency, probity and accountability.
According to him, he can personally attest to the fact that J.J, indeed lived and died for those principles which were so dear to his heart throughout his reign as Ghana President and head of state.
“Transparency, probity and accountability was what he tried to see instituted in the Ghanaian body politic and I testified to the fact that he lived and died for this”.
The Archbishop was speaking at a requiem mass held in honour of the late J. J. Rawlings at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra.
The requiem mass, or mass for the dead, is a Catholic Church service offered for the repose of the soul of a deceased person using a particular form of the Roman Missal.
The ceremony is the first of series of events outlined by the family of the late J. J Rawlings and the government of Ghana for the final funeral and burial rites of Ghana’s renowned leader who pass away on November 12, 2020 following a short illness.
In attendance was the President of of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his spouse, the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Vice President, Mahamadu Bawumia and his spouse, Samira Bawumia, the former President and the 2020 flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress, (NDC) John Dramani Mahama and his Vice, Prof Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang.
Others were the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Asiamah Amoako, family members of the former President, leaders of political parties and leaders and members NDC of the fraternity among others.
Ghanaians acknowledge the need for J.J’s Principles but could not appreciate his approach
Speaking at the ceremony monitored by GhanaPlus.com, the Archbishop said although many Ghanaians acknowledged the need for J.J’s principles in all spheres of the country, they however, could not appreciate the path for which he sought to achieve those principles adding only God knew and would be the best judge for the genuineness of J. J’s conviction”.
“Many of us, though convince about the need for transparency, probity and accountability in human discourse and political intercourse, we could not appreciate the path Jerry choose for good governance, nevertheless, my deepest conviction is that Only God will be the best judge of Jerry on the debt and the genuineness of his conviction and faith in God, a truth that only God know best and can fathom about his son Jerry John Rawlings”.
Live by J.J principles
He urged Ghanaians to live by the principles, which the former President lived and died for going forward to honour his name and also for posterity not to forget what he stood for.