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|Tribute to the Late President of Ghana||| Print ||
|Written by Joseph N. N. Swen, Formerly, a Liberian Refugee|
|Saturday, 11 August 2012 16:45|
“Oh, what an indelible Memory Ghana and Africa have to carry”.
You were a scholar, Father, Mentor, devoted Christian and Leader but to me, you were a Politician astronomically decent for such an African political arena.
Reasons, why some of your supporters/partisans including me, found it difficult to comprehend your political approach; especially when the presidency of your predecessor (opposition), had before your tenure embarked on political witch-hunt of members of your party and eventually witnessed the imprisonment and or death of a few of them.
As you patiently and peacefully awaited your time of over-taking the mantle of presidency, many thought it was the appropriate time for pay-back, which definitely would have been justifiable by popular satisfaction. Yet, you often said, “You are the father and president of Ghana not a particular sector or group”.
I admired you so much because when your detractors diabolically uttered profaned and fallacious statements about your personal as well as your political life, you had always returned or reciprocated those fallacious statements with love and affection the more; something which is not seen or common amongst your colleague African Presidents.
Some called you all sorts of names, but you wouldn’t mind, and often said, “You are the father and president of all Ghanaians”.
Though as vindictive, ambitious and power greed others were including your potential challenger, you kept your cool and focus.
In the midst of unfair criticisms and ridicules, couple with battling health and in keeping with the global economic meltdown, you kept your calm, passion and focus on the better Ghana Agenda.
Frankly speaking, you were not an African type of President, who could at all costs plunge the future of the Country and citizenry into abject hardship just for their personal and immediate gains.
You often thought about the would-be benefit of your Country and People before entering into contracts for which you initiated the “Better Ghana” Agenda.
Oh! What an excellent Scholar, Economist, Lawyer, Leader and Statesman Ghana and Africa would miss.
You were often and affectionately called, “Prof” (short form for Professor), a reference to your long academic career, having been a Professor of Law for over 20 years in and outside Ghana and Africa; well as authored more than a dozen publications, such as taxation of Periodical or Deferred Payments arising from the Sale of Fixed Capital (1974), Exemption of Dividends from Income taxation: A critical Appraisal (1977), Report of the Tax Review Commission, Ghana, parts 1,2&3, (1977) and Ghana's Income Tax laws and the Investor. (An inter-faculty lecture published by the University of Ghana), including your most famous initiative, the Value Added Tax (VAT), policy.
Prof. it was not a mistake that your Compatriots affectionately called you “Asumdwoehene”, meaning Prince of Peace in the Twi (major Ghanaian Language), because Peace was your Watch-Word.
You brought discipline and morale to the presidency of Ghana, having instituted the policy that all government officials traveling in and out of the Ghana to undergo security routine at all entry and exit points just as any other persons. You didn’t only say, but subjected yourself to such routine.
Oh Prof, having developed in Ghana both academically and naturally during my Days as a Liberian Refugee, I have always admired and would perpetually miss You for your astute sense of Politics, your high integrity, selflessness, liberal mindedness, diplomacy, transparency, humility, just to list a few.
You were a Leader who consults and make peace your watch-word, and had never cease making reference to GOD our CREATOR in every utterance during your political sojourn.
Professor, with tears pouring from my Eyes, I say this is my candid way of saying, in a common and simple Liberian way “Good Bye”; for I have not the slightest doubt that you are now resting in your MAKER’S “GOD” Vineyard. You have fought a decent Fight. PEACE TO YOUR ASHES…..Amen!