During the public memorial lecture which was held at the Kama Conference Center at Labone to honor the memory of the late president and founder of the biggest opposition party, NDC, J.J. Rawlings, many senior members of the party took turns to speak.
Among them was the former Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kalio constituency and current Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin who worked closely with the late president Rawlings for eight years.
Speaking at the event which GhanaVanguard.com monitored closely, the Speaker of Parliament described the late president Rawlings as a person who was not only leader of Ghana but was leader of the world and as a result was respected more by people who are non-Ghanaians than his fellow Ghanaians.
Hon. Bagbin observed that the love and respect that persons who are not Ghanaians have for Rawlings when he was alive cannot be matched with the love and respect showed him by his own people here in Ghana.
“Jerry will forever remain in our hearts and there is nothing anybody can do about it. He’s not a leader of Ghana, he’s a leader of the world respected more outside Ghana than in Ghana,” Hon. Bagbin stated.
Jerry John Rawlings died on November 12, 2020 after a brief illness just two weeks after the burial of his mother, Victoria Agbotui. He was 73 and left behind a wife, Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings who was a presidential candidate in the 2020 presidential election and four children.
His 4-day funeral activities started on Sunday, January 24 with lot of Ghanaians thronging to the venues to pay their last respect to the man many loved. He will be buried at the military cemetery with full military honors which include a 21-gun salute.