Reckya Madougou Photo: LaNouvelleTribune

Died this Thursday 26 September 2019 at the age of 86, former French President Jacques Chirac received tributes from all over the world. The former Beninese Minister of Justice and current special advisor to the Togolese President, Reckya Madougou, also salutes the memory of a great humanist.

I retain from Chirac’s death: what remains of a political career is humanism”; this is how Miss Reckya Madougou expressed herself when she announced the death of the former French President. For the Special Advisor to the Togolese Head of State, “the death of the former President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac during his long political career of about forty years, showed himself to be an advocate for humanist causes and a friend of Africa who has got to know the continent beyond any stereotypical description.”

For the special adviser to President Faure Gnassingbé, what makes the quality of a statesman is his humanism. “what he feels in contact with his people, with others, his ability to understand vulnerabilities… This, no accumulation of wealth can achieve it,” she says. In order to invite leaders to make political life “a source of useful inspiration and not infamous pages to simply turn.” But to go beyond words, Reckya Madougou plans to get involved in the fight against counterfeit medicines, one of the last battles fought by the illustrious deceased.

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