Jerry John Rawlings biography. Jerry John Rawlings popularly known as J J Rawlings was born in 1947, to Madam Victoria Agbotui, a native of Dzelukope in the Volta Region and James Ramsey John, a Scottish chemist in Accra.
Jerry John Rawlings attended Achimota School before continuing to Ghana Armed Forces in 1969, where he became a pilot.
J J Rawlings is married to Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings. After getting married to his wife in 1977, they were blessed with their first child, Emanatory Rawlings in 1978. Later two daughters Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings and Amina Rawlings were born. Their only son was named Kimathi Rawlings, and they have succeeded in leading a quiet life, away from the public domain.
Jerry John Rawlings Caused Of Death
On Thursday 12th November 2020, Ghanaians received a sad news about the demise of the former president and founder of the National Democratic Congress Party (NDC) Jerry John Rawlings. He is reported to have died of COVID -19 at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Jerry John Rawlings quotes
Jerry John Rawlings was the head of state in Ghana from 1982 to 1992, and the president from 1993 to 2001. During his reign, he made some memorable and powerful quotes as listed below:
“It is not the absence of military interventions that we have restored, which will bring back our democracy, development, justice, and freedom. What is needed is the ability to empower the people and integrity of leadership. Leadership should not be used to intimidate our citizens, rather it should empower them.”
“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.”
“The most dangerous mistake of any political force is to forget its roots.” “What form of government e adopt as citizens to suit our peculiar circumstances, our basic tenet is our common yearning and concern for every person, for politics, whatever its colour must be an avenue to serve our fellow men.”
“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.” “The test of religious belief is not in pious platitudes and cautious charity, but in positive and creative action.”
“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.”
“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”