Tobago has lost a distinguished son whose achievements, statesmanship and leadership will not be surpassed in this nation for decades. ANR Robinson’s achievements are too numerous to mention; he was an international statesman; he was the quintessence of “servant leadership” (Green leaf, 1971). Before I successfully concluded my MA thesis at Howard University in 1973, his textbook entitled, The Mechanics of Independence (1971), was a source of valid information to me on a sociological study relating to the Tobago West constituency.
Mr Robinson provided servant leadership to our local and national community. The magnitude of his unique contribution as servant leader, politician and statesman was also regional and international in scope. His role as servant leader became a beacon among conflicting ideologies and political pressures.
He demonstrated a concern for the preservation of the democracy for the unitary state of Trinidad and Tobago during the attempted coup of 1990 with a contemptuous appeal to Defence Force personnel: “Attack with full force!”
The nation of Trinidad and Tobago is currently devoid of servant leaders. Our existing and potential leaders are now challenged to fill this void.
Ancel W Balfour