The Powerful and Memorable Jerry Rawlings quotes, Ghana’s Junior Jesus 

In this Post, I have shared some of the most memorable Jerry Rawlings quotes.

Jerry John Rawlings, born on June 22, 1947, died on November 12, 2020. He was a Ghanaian military officer and politician who served as President of Ghana for a brief period in 1979 and then again from 1981 until 2001. He commanded a military junta until 1992, after which he was democratically elected President of Ghana for two terms.

Jerry Rawlings’ father was a Scottish scientist who refused to recognise his son, leaving an indelible mark on Jerry Rawlings.

After his presidency, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Rawlings the first International Year of Volunteers 2001 Eminent Person, and he attended different events and conferences to encourage volunteerism. Rawlings also served as the African Union envoy to Somalia. He died at the korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in November 2020, at the age of 73, following a short illness, and was given a state funeral.

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12 Jerry Rawlings Quotes

  1. “I get right to my Identity, no take away my identity, Christianize me if you want but no westernize me.”

2. “Food is a political weapon…Africa’s foremost defence 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.”

3.”I am not an expert in economics and I am not an expert in law, but I am an expert in working on an empty stomach while wondering when and where the next meal will come from.”

4. “The most dangerous mistake of any political force is to forget its roots.”

5. “Rawlings will not turn round and commit the very crime for which another man lost his life.”

6. “If we fit learn to be bold enough to restore di value of truth in our society, then we go get justice, without truth we no fit get justice.”

7. “We owe a sacred duty to Ghana to serve her people and help to achieve our legitimate aspirations. The worst crime is to abuse the trust reposed in us and thus, destroy the hope of our people; that the sacrifices we make will yield a better future for all of us.”

8. “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 the ability to empower the people. Leadership should have confidence in our people and not feel intimidated by empowering them.”

9. “If the people are crushed by their elites, it is up to the Army to give the people their Freedom.”

Jerry Rawlings quotes

10. “What form of government adopt as citizens to suit our peculiar circumstances, our basic tenet is our common yearning and concern for every person, for politics, whatever its color must be an avenue to serve our fellow men.”

11. “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.”

 12. “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.”

My favorite Jerry Rawlings quotes are, “I get right to my Identity, no take away my identity, Christianize me if you want but no westernize me.” and “I get right to my Identity, no take away my identity, Christianize me if you want but no westernize me.”

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