A Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Baffoe Bonnie JSC, has penned an emotional tribute to the departed CEO of the Forestry Commission of Ghana, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John.
According to Justice Baffoe Bonnie, Sir John was his mate in the Law School, together with the current Chief Justice of Ghana, Anin Yeboah JSC. Baffoe Bonnie JSC was also part of the supreme court panel that adjudicated the landmark election petition, the same panel that tried and convicted Sir John for Contempt.
Read his emotional tribute below:
TRIBUTE TO SIR JOHN By JSC BAFFOE BONNIE
From C58 Sarbah Main, to 416 Annex B(okponglo), we shared rooms for 5 years. He was from Sakora Wonoo, I am from Goaso, Kwasi Anin Yeboah(the current CJ) is from Toase near Nkawie.
We formed a trio of village law students. Even though Anin Yeboah was in Commonwealth hall, our room was a second home for him. He was one of those law students, who even at the law school, were already “lawyers”.
He was a devout Adventist who could quote the Bible for fun. His passion was quoting Shakespeare. He was a brother and extremely loyal to his friends. He was generous to a fault. He will literally remove what is in his mouth and give it to you. I have known for a long time about all the adjectives and more, that are being used to describe him even in death.
Can anyone imagine what was going through the minds of Anin Yeboah and I as Sir John stood before the Supreme Court on a charge of Contempt? The day after his conviction I joined him in Kumasi to celebrate the traditional marriage of his daughter who is my god-daughter. I jokingly told him I was hoping that he would be imprisoned so that I would be the only “father” at the ceremony! SIR JOHN WAS A HUMAN BEING. CORONA VIRUS HAS CLAIMED ITS BIGGEST VICTIM YET. MAY HIS AFFABLE SOUL REST IN PEACE!