Former first lady of the third republic, Fulera Limann, has revealed that her husband, Dr. Limann, put his love for Ghana over his personal interests, even to the detriment of his own family.
She narrated how her husband’s decision to pursue politics was hard for her to accept because she saw no need for him to join politics, especially since the family was already doing well.
Her conviction was however influenced she noted, when Dr. Limann shared his ideology with her; the need to sacrifice for the nation. According to her, her husband knew the problems of the country and was ready to solve them.
“He said his ideology was Ghana because I was surprised when he told me he was going to do politics. Where he was, we were okay, and as I said, politics in Ghana was mostly coup so what was the point? But he said the way the nation was going, people must sacrifice to serve the nation. Hilla Limann was a hardworking person and knew the problems of the nation“.
Mrs. Limann also added that the overthrow of her husband didn’t come as a surprise to her since there were many failed attempts to overthrow him.
Madam Fulara Limann was speaking at the 40th anniversary of the presidency of Dr. Hilla Limann at the University of Ghana.
Hilla Limann was elected president on the people’s National Party ticket and was sworn in as president of the 3rd republic on 24th December 1979.
He was however overthrown in a coup by Rawlings on 31 December 1981.
Hilla Limann supported democratic values and Pan-Africanism.
Daughter of the late president, Dr Zilla Limann, on her part called on various institutions and government to educate Ghanaians about the ideologies of Hilla Limann.
She said even though the late president has been recognized on several occasions, a lot more needs to be done for Ghanaians to really know his story and what he stood for.
“Recognition is coming and that is good but in terms of people knowing exactly what he did and what he stood for I think there is still a lot to be done.”