“I wish politicians would understudy traditional leaders” – JJ Rawlings

The former president of the republic of Ghana, Ft. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, has said it would be prudent if our political leaders could be made to understudy our traditional rulers , especially prior to their occupancy of crucial offices of state. This, he believes, will afford them the rare opportunity to learn and cultivate the values of honesty and integrity.

The former president said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Volta Regional Chairman of the NDC, Hon. Henry Kojo Ametefee, Thursday 14 November, 2019, to commiserate with him over the loss of his wife, Mrs. Victoria Adzagli Ametefee.

I have always wished that if it were possible, those of us who aspire to occupy political offices, from the lowest levels to the highest, should be made to understudy some eminent traditional rulers for some time so as to better learn from them the proper art of leadership; for instance the way they comport themselves and how seriously they take their words. This will help our leaders to better serve the country,” he said.
He bemoaned the increasing incident of political dishonesty and the absolute lack of honour that, he believes, have become the stock-in-trade of some politicians.

Our political offices, unfortunately, have become an epicentre for lies and dishonesty, and this, regrettably, does not happen in Ghana alone. It [lying] has become one of the major tools at the disposal of politicians. Most politicians literally share the same bed with receipt, and are, in fact, more bonded with lies than they are with even their spouses!” he lamented.

President Rawlings advised Ghanaians to learn to discern truth and reality from what their political leaders offer them and learn to hold their leaders accountable. He especially admonished Voltarians to always hold onto their natural traits of honesty and integrity because they (Voltarians) are the pillar of Ghana’s political life.

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