Former President J.J Rawlings of Ghana, who died during the week, has been described as an exceptional leader that connected with the people.
Senator Ben Obi stated this in his brief condolence message on death of the former Ghanaian leader, saying the “‘Junior Jesus’, as we fondly called him, throughout his career, both in military and civilian attire, demonstrated and ran a leadership that connects with the governed.
“As a Pan-Africanist and elder statesman, he was passionate about the political and economic advancement of the African continent, a crusade he was never shy of leading.”
Senator Obi addressed him as a very good friend and that the news of his death brought him “deep shock and grief.
“I received the news of the passing on of my very good friend and one of Africa’s most decorated and exceptional leaders, His Excellency Flt.Lt. J.J Rawlings with deep shock and grief.
“He will be remembered as the man who spearheaded the political liberation and birth of the modern day Ghana.
“His death is highly regrettable, because, it came at a time the continent earnestly require his wealth of experience to tackle daunting socio-economic and leadership problems.
“I condole with his immediate family, the President and good people of Ghana over this continental loss, may God give them the needed fortitude to bear this regrettable loss,” praying that God grants his soul eternal rest.