Justice of the Supreme Court, Paul Baffoe Bonnie has paid a glowing tribute to former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party and Forestry Commission boss, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie popularly known as Sir John.
Sir John died on July 1, 2020 after testing positive for Covid-19. He succumbed to complications of the disease while undergoing treatment at the ICU of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Since then lots of tributes have been pouring in from all quarters.
Well, his roommate in Mensah Sarbah Hall at the University of Ghana for five years, Supreme Court Judge Paul Baffoe Bannie in a tribute described him as “A Human Being” and that “Corona Virus Has Claimed Its Biggest Victim Yet”. See below the full tribute.
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!