For the past five days, Ghana and her international friends mourned a departed legend. His name, Jerry John Rawlings (Flight Lieutenant Retired).
In grieve and in black, we mourned. A single identity barren of partisan political colors colored our gathering.
Papa J, as he was affectionately called is not anymore. The man who once slept at peace in the Castle of Castles, guarded by military whilst himself a soldier today lay low in a six feet hole.
Notwithstanding the funfair, the sweetness and sweet worded tributes poured in by different personalities including those that once called him a barking dog; deliberately trained and unleashed the unprovoked wrath of some babies with sharp teeth to tug Papa J’s statesmanship into the muddy waters, the man J.J Rawlings goes, never to return.
But, there is a historical legacy left behind. They crowded him with the simplest of slogans, one among them, they say; The Legend Lives On. Truly, he is a legend to be remembered. He shall never die in our books. He shall never die in our archives. He shall forever remain a man of service whose name we can mention to counsel our generation and the generations to come.
No matter how great his legendary deeds survive, the very fact remains one and simple; the top of the matter for all men is that the message “Rest In Peace”. In the end, none knows but we hope for the simplest of it. Rest In Peace Papa J. Damirefa Due Ne Ghana Amanehunu!