Former President Rawlings has called on people across the globe to emulate the humility, patience and fortitude of Nelson Mandela in their dealings with their fellow man. In a message to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 91st birthday, President Rawlings congratulated him for serving as a source of inspiration to millions across the world.
“The able manner you led your country after years of bitter apartheid rule has continued to serve as the yardstick by which successive leaders should lead in Africa. “South Africa surely has its political and economic problems like most African countries but your talismanic role has ensured that there is a unity of purpose by your people to progress from the dark days of Apartheid,” President Rawlings said.
The former Ghanaian President said Mandela has in spite of his age continued to support projects that bring honour and respect to his country. “You played an important role in the winning of the 2010 World Cup bid and have been supportive of many international projects that have put your country right at the pinnacle of the world map. “It is heartwarming to note that today also marks the inaugural Mandela Day initiated by your charitable foundation.
The call for 67 minutes of the day to be dedicated to community service as a symbol of the 67 years you fought for the emancipation of South Africa is an understatement as far as your contribution to peace in the world is concerned. “As a symbol of peace across the world, which earned you the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 your birthday has become an international event. From New York to Johannesburg stars and ordinary folk alike are congregating to celebrate your contribution to the advancement of humankind. Madiba we are grateful to God for your life.
“It was very inspiring to see you pep up the Bafana Bafana in their Confederations Cup semi-final match against Brazil. Though they eventually lost to the South Americans, the 0-1 loss and the performance of the players proved that they were inspired to play above themselves. “Africa still has a lot of challenges to overcome in its quest to become peaceful, self-reliant and developed and I pray that many will look up to you for inspiration as they work to change their individual countries.
“You were incarcerated for 27 years, but you spent every single day counting your blessings and focusing on a great future for your people. You never faltered in the belief that change will one day come to your dear South Africa. “When you were finally released you harboured no ill-will and rather worked assiduously to bridge the gap between all people regardless of race, creed or colour. “Every time I have been lucky to meet you I am inspired by your thoughtfulness and understanding of issues confronting our continent and beyond and I am always spellbound by your infectious sense of candour and humour.
“On the occasion of your 91st birthday, Madiba, I pray for God’s rich blessings for you. May He continue to shine his light on you and use you an avenue to inspire particularly the youth of this world who are our future. We pray that they emulate your humility, patience and fortitude in their relationships with their fellow man. “Have an absolutely wonderful celebration, Madiba. Nana and I are with you in spirit,” President Rawlings concluded.
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