“When I came to power, I fought so that it was the people who had power and not an individual. When you created the conditions to give power to the people who are the real boss, you cannot take the liberty to do anything. In Africa presidents impose themselves on their people because they have confiscated the power which belongs to the people and not to them. They reign. They allow themselves everything and anything. They embezzle the people’ money and this people being deprived of their power can do nothing and they suffer everything.
I refused to have any public building to bear my name. When you have served your people well, you stay in their hearts. I think I am in the hearts of my fellow citizens. I am proud of my people. No one can have the liberty to do anything in my country. I did not seek to be rich, but in the end I was enriched with the love of my people. I don’t need to walk around with security guards because my security is the people who saw me serving them. I am not afraid to walk with my eyes closed. I’m not saying I’m a saint. But I know that these people know that I gave everything to them so I feel safe with them. I don’t suspect any of my compatriots wanting to hurt me. Wherever I am, I feel completely safe. ”
Jerry Rawlings, Former President of Ghana