Monday, February 19, 2018

IRO: Emulate him

CITIZENS should not only offer condolences to the family of former prime minister and president Arthur Robinson on his passing, but they should try as much as possible to emulate who he was.

This is according to Harrypersad Maharaj, president of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO).

Maharaj said Robinson was a man to respect who always had a cordial relationship with the IRO while in power.

Maharaj said he was privileged to visit Robinson at the St Clair Medical Centre before he died yesterday morning.

Following the elections in 2001, Robinson who was president at the time, sparked controversy when he refused to appoint certain senators recommended by then prime minister Basdeo Panday.

Maharaj said he was one of the mediators during that impasse and the issue was “amicably resolved”.

Since then, Maharaj and the IRO by extension maintained a close relationship with Robinson.

He said Robinson would always support the IRO’s National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving.