I grew up in a house that criticized the first President of the Fourth Republic Jerry John Rawlings of the PNDC and later of the NDC. I was excited about his revolutionary leadership style which I later came to read and watch on TV, but also saw the bullet marks on the walls on our doorstep. I was told what the junta he was responsible for had done to my father, a technocrat, who had amassed wealth as Nkrumah’s right-hand man.
But what am I to believe as a young leader who took so much inspiration from such a fearful and controversial man – the relics on the wall or the good propaganda about his mission to rescue a struggling economy. In addition, my father’s oral history is not documented even after his many patriotic services. I also wondered what exactly Mr. Boom, as JJ Rawlings was called, had said to my father on that phone call while he was in exile in Lomé in the 1980s.
“Ojuku made his way to the Aflao / Togo border. He stayed in Lomé to take refuge. He has occasionally visited the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. He finally got a phone with JJ Rawlings. Rawlings explained that the problem was not with his government but with some people linked to the leadership issues in Ningo who were clamoring for his head. He advised her not to be in a hurry to get home.
According to one of his daughters who witnessed this period, Ojuku spent most of his life in exile reading the Bible. During his exile, he received updates from home. After a series of investigations and mediations, Ojuku was cleared of all charges. In addition, the chieftaincy dispute has been referred to the courts. But his absence came at a cost because his opponents had a great time in Great Ningo State while he was in exile, ”I wrote.
I have discovered many other shocking revelations regarding the former leader’s intentions in carrying out the coup. There were fallouts in this exercise that resulted in loss of life and many injustices. But these excesses as I read in one of my main sources (Nartey’s White Paper on President, WPP) was that JJ Rawlings could not have control over all of his men in his mission to “save the world.” nation”. This meant that those who had sinister motives against their friends, relatives, enemies, masters or serfs, used the bloody coup to settle their scores. My father was one of those victims. His species was called ‘kalabules’.
They were the rich and well-to-do in society at the time, but their wealth was seen as the end product of many years of robbing the poor; So JJ argued with his junta that Ghana needed to empower the poor, the oppressed and rid the system of corruption. The decree was everyone for one – a man must have one of everything, including even women. “But Ojuku had a fair share of wives and even greater wealth,” I wrote.
It is therefore legitimate that the putschist JJ should be blamed for the sins of his men, a responsibility that the young soldier openly accepted in court decades ago.
I remember this legend for the three lessons among others that I discovered while writing this book:
1. That he was a leader, but first and foremost a human. He may not have control over everything and every situation but that hasn’t stopped him from making his mark.
2. That sometimes, accept mistakes and take responsibility for being crucified, but not take responsibility when you are not responsible for them.
3. The struggle to make our nation great and strong has had many phases, including the phase that has yet to be recounted.
The revolutionary principles of the late JJ Rawlings and his countrymen should be taught as a leadership course in schools, as this could become Ghana’s true identity leadership.
Have a good rest Guerrilla. My brief research on you concerning my father and my family exonerated you before your death.
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