Rawlings Angry! -Over Killings In Africa
Former President Jerry John Rawlings says he is worried over the scores of unrests in the West African sub-region.
He said he is unable to experience any peace of mind when he sees his fellow Africans butcher each other as has happened in countries like Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Mr. Rawlings, wondered “How can I not feel pain and anger when innocent victims especially women and children are mindlessly killed?”
According to him, he had reached a phase in life where he should be enjoying life after decades of tireless service where he will be content to see his compatriots prosper and gain access to basic amenities and to see an African continent where safety, freedom and justice is guaranteed.
The former President in a keynote address at the 2018 Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards in London on Saturday stated that Ghana’s role as a hub of peace and the gateway to Africa meant the country had to contribute in diverse ways to make the continent a better place.
The former African Union High Representative to Somalia said: “Today, there are many nations around us that are saddled with unimaginable conflicts. What we need to do as a continent is to push our governments and various reputable people to stand and speak out against injustices in affected countries.”
Mr. Rawlings said democracy and development that was not based on the rule of law and freedom and justice would eventually collapse as experienced in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia
The National Democratic Congress founder explained that conflicts and violence in parts of the continent has put too much wealth and power happens in the hands of many wrong people with some countries under the grip of unconscionable characters and their partners in the so-called developed world.
On the situation in Cameroon, he called on the United Nations and the African Union as well as French President Emmanuel Macron to investigate the reported abuse of Anglophones and to avoid the imposition of superficial solutions on the English-speaking half of the country.
Mr. Rawlings had also urged Ghanaians living abroad to transmit the quality of discipline and prudent management of resources they acquire in the countries they reside in back to Ghana to help curb corruption in the country.
He said while Ghana has made positive strides to enhance democracy and stabilize its economy towards growth and development, it is still grappling with corruption, noting that it “is important to appreciate the fact that keeping our moral fabric as a people intact and the appropriate mindset as citizens towards corruption is key to fighting this menace.”
This Mr. Rawlings noted would make the world “hold us in high esteem on how much we connect to universal shared values of truth and integrity”.
GUBA and its Founder and Chief Executive, Dentaa Amoateng received commendation from the former President for its recognition of the diverse cultural and economic potential of Ghanaians.
He also commended GUBA for its humanitarian roles in the areas of autism and support for educational institutions in Ghana.
Former President Rawlings presented the GUBA Black Star Lifetime Achievement Award to Ashitei Hammond.