Accra, Ghana – Dr. Donald Agumenu, a specialist in leadership and governance and former Special Assistant to the late President Jerry John Rawlings, has proposed that institutions of higher learning incorporate lectures on leadership in memory of the former Ghanaian President.
According to Ghana News Agency, who spoke during a news briefing marking the third anniversary of Rawlings’ death, the concept of ‘Rawlingsm’ – symbolizing effective leadership, anti-corruption, inclusion, and justice – is an evolving theory that should be imparted to the younger generation. He emphasized that Rawlings’ approach to leadership was centered on inclusivity and diversity management, which significantly contributed to inter-religious harmony and national development. Dr. Agumenu highlighted the establishment of the Office of the National Chief Imam and the recognition of Muslim holidays as key elements of Rawlings’ efforts to create a stable political and security framework in Ghana.
Dr. Agumenu praised Rawlings’ ability to foster national cohesion, wisdom, and spirituality both in Ghana and internationally. He recognized Rawlings as an advocate for marginalized groups and noted that under Rawlings’ leadership, Ghana enjoyed diverse religious and ethnic representation. Rawlings was portrayed as a leader deeply connected with the struggles of Ghanaians and committed to liberating them from poverty and ignorance. His humility and congeniality were also cited as qualities that greatly endeared him to the populace.
Describing Rawlings as a visionary leader, Dr. Agumenu urged the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the political party founded by Rawlings, to actively promote his ideals and values through leadership lectures and conferences.
Jerry John Rawlings passed away on November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital after a brief illness. His political career was marked by significant transformations, including leading a coup in 1979 as a Flight Lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force and another in 1981, which eventually led to his presidency in the Fourth Republic from 1992 to 2000. After serving two terms, he peacefully transferred power to his successor, exemplifying the democratic values he stood for.