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“I Will Remember Him For Putting Ghana First” – Archbishop Duncan-Williams Eulogises Rawlings

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Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams writes………

Re: A Memorial Tribute: The Late H.E. Jerry John Rawlings – by His Eminence the Archbishop Nicholas-Duncan Williams and Action Chapel International

As Theodore Roosevelt stated in a speech called “Citizenship in a Republic,” which, among some, would come to be known as “The Man in the Arena.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

As much as the timing is painful and difficult, Scripture says “there is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit, neither has he power in the day of death and there is no discharge in that war.” (Eccl 8:8).

President Rawlings ‘dared greatly’ and will never be among those cold and timid souls who neither know great defeats or victories. Late President Rawlings was the personification of “the Man in the Arena”.

When Ghana was at the crossroads in 2000, I was living in the US at the time, many people called me with concerns about the uncertainty of the future political spectrum of our beloved nation Ghana. In a conversation with Jerry about these concerns, he expressed his conviction that he had done his best and had to now move on to make way for others to come in and continue the task of nation building. This spoke volumes to me about the selfless character of the man. Can you imagine what the story of Ghana would be if he had selfishly held on to power? I will remember him for putting Ghana first.

Now is the time to focus on the good that he did and the contributions he made, to extend forgiveness and grace where he missed it. He himself had some deep regrets. The best contribution we can all make to his legacy is to unite as Ghanaians and put country first: to build together as citizens of a community rather than divided peoples of parties and tribes. We should care less about self-enlargement and the things that divide us, as he did.

As we lay him to rest in the spirit of gratitude and appreciation, for his contribution to the nation and its people, let us also allow these words to resonate in our hearts, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matt 5:7).

May his soul rest in peace. May the God of all consolation comfort the heart of especially Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, Zanetor, Yaa Asantewaa, Amina, Kimathi and grandchildren and all who grieve at his passing. May Ghana be united and may this be a wake up call for leaders across all nations to do the right thing whilst we yet have time.

I respectfully ask that in memory of the Late President Jerry John Rawlings that you join me and the Action Chapel network of churches worldwide, in a day of memorial and corporate prayer on Monday, 16th November from 12noon to 1pm GMT (7am EST) at the Prayer Cathedral, Spintex Road, Accra, or you can join us on line on Facebook Live on ArchbishopNick .

God bless our homeland Ghana and make her great and strong.

Signed:
ARCHBISHOP NICHOLAS DUNCAN-WILLIAMS

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God The Father, Son And The Holy Spirit Opened My Eyes To See The True Colors Of Akufo-Addo – Amidu

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Former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has credited the Holy Trinity (God the father, the son and the holy spirit) for showing him the true colors of President Akufo-Addo after he had held him in high esteem thinking he was incorruptible.

Amidu revealed this in a 27paged letter to the President; noting that he realized he was fighting a lost battle against corruption when the President appealed to him to shelve his report on the corruption risk assessment on the Agyapa Royalties deal.

According to Amidu, he immediately realised that the President he had been adoring all this while was only the  ‘mother serpent of all corruption and corruption related activities’ in the country since independence.

“I became more convinced beyond any further reasonable doubt after my meeting with the president in his Office in the evening of Sunday Ist November 2020, when the President attempted to persuade me to shelve the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transaction anti-corruption report to allow him deal with the matter through a statement to the public, that God (represented by the Holy Trinity in my Catholic faith) was in his divine way revealing to me for the first time, that the President of Ghana only looked like an innocent flow of the fight against corruption And may God, encompassed in the Blessed Holy Trinity be eternally praised for this divine revelation”.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Amidu’s Extreme Rigidness Could Have Contributed To His Failure – Manasseh Azure

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Investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni believes Martin Amidu may have contributed to his abrupt end as the Special Prosecutor.

According to him, Mr. Amidu’s “holier than thou” posture as the SP affected his effectiveness when in office.

He noted in Facebook post that Martin Amidu should have exercised some flexibility in his dealings at the OSP.

In a reaction to Mr. Amidu’s 27-paged explosive response to the Presidency’s reply to his (Amidu) resignation, Manasseh stated, “It is also worth pointing out that apart from the interference, Martin Amidu’s extremely rigid posture and human relations could have contributed to his failure. It is possible to be flexible without compromising on your integrity or values.

“To succeed as a corruption fighter, you must work with with others. You must work with the good people and the bad people. You must learn to play your cards well and use people to get what you want without they knowing you’re using them. You cannot be an island and succeed.

“If you stand on a moral Afadzato and perceive or deal with all the rest from the valley of sin, you will achieve very little or nothing.”

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It Is Clear, Nana Addo Does Not Have The Commitment To Fight Corruption – Manasseh

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Manasseh Azure Awuni writes…….

I have read all the 27-paged response by the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to President Akufo-Addo’s reaction to his resignation. I read part yesterday and concluded this morning.

The response has a lot of substance, and anybody who says it is empty did not read it or that person did not read with an objective mind.

I must, however, point out that Martin Amdiu poisoned the substance of his response with needless elaboration, an overly intemperate language and a rather needless attack on Prof. H Kwasi Prempeh, one of the extremely few civil society advocates who have proven in these last four years that they stands for what is right and the interest of state.

There is nothing wrong with he being the president’s friend. I am (or “was”, depending on how the president perceives me now) President Akufo-Addo’s friend, but that friendship does not say I should not criticise him when he goes wrong.

John Mahama was and is still my friend, but that doesn’t mean I should not point it out to him when his policies go wrong. So there’s nothing wrong with Prof. Prempeh being the president’s friend.

I have been uncharitable to Martin Amidu in my writings, media interviews and in my recent lecture, but he is my friend and I visit him at home and we talk. So the point about seeing H Kwasi Prempeh in the Jubilee House is needless. No fair-minded person who has followed him keenly will doubt what he stands for. He has been critical of Akufo-Addo’s presidency and that does not take away his right to comment on a matter when it does not favour Martin Amidu.

Martin Amidu should have learnt from the language the presidency used in its letter to him. The presidency used a measured and mature language that won the admiration of even its critics. A strong language in a paragraph or two could have conveyed Martin Amidu’s outrage if he strongly felt the need to do so.

As a writer, I know some a certain tone must be used to drum home the needed effect, but to use the same tone throughout takes away from the message.

Having said that, Martin Amidu’s response puts in context the impression conveyed by the presidency that he got all he wanted and did not spend. The issue about his office has also be explained. Unfortunately, Martin Amidu buried that deep down the response and, in a country that hates reading, not many will ever get to that.

From what I know and from what I have read from both Amidu and the presidency, one thing is clear: President Akufo-Addo does not have the commitment to fight corruption.

It is the reason I told Martin Amidu long time ago to resign if he could not bulldoze his way through the concrete maze of frustrations designed to make whoever wanted to take on the establishment fail.

It is rather strange that Martin Amidu only realised the president was not committed to the fight against corruption when he finished the Agyapa report and the president asked him to “shelve” it so that he (the president) would deal with it.

When Martin Amidu’s friend, the Auditor General, was hounded out of office because of his work against Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, Mr. Amidu did not need any more revelation to know that Akufo-Addo was not committed to fighting corruption.

It is also worth pointing out that apart from the interference, Martin Amidu’s extremely rigid posture and human relations could have contributed to his failure. It is possible to be flexible without compromising on your integrity or values.

To succeed as a corruption fighter, you must work with with others. You must work with the good people and the bad people. You must learn to play your cards well and use people to get what you want without they knowing you’re using them. You cannot be an island and succeed.

If you stand on a moral Afadzato and perceive or deal with all the rest from the valley of sin, you will achieve very little or nothing.

We are back to a basement below the ground floor as far as the Office of the Special Prosecutor and its fight against corruption is concerned.

And the general fight against corruption from the perspective of the media, civil society, state institution such as the Auditor General, has been made worse than it was when our Anti-Corruption Moses took the oath of office on January 7, 2017.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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