Olusegun Obasanjo, the Former President of Nigeria has expressed sadness over the death of Jerry Rawlings, who died on Thursday.
Obasanjo in his letter, said Rawlings will be missed for his exemplary leadership.
The former President narrated how the deceased intervened when he was targeted by the regime of Gen. Sani Abacha.
He recalled that Rawlings played a key role in furthering the actualization of the objectives of the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF).
It was Obasanjo that founded the NGO in 1988 to develop leadership capacities in the continent to increase productivity of major actors in government, parliament, business and civil society.
Obasanjo revealed that Rawlings “supported and accommodated the organisation and its staff during the period of the relocation of the organisation’s base to Ghana because Abacha wanted to have them destroyed just immediately after he got me arrested and imprisoned on a trumped-up charge of coup plotting in 1995.”
The Owu-born elder statesman stressed that the Rawlings’ generous assistance to ALF and its staff “makes me forever indebted to him”
The former Nigerian leader said he found in Rawlings a reliable friend, ally and confidant who was passionate about peace, security and governance issues in Africa.