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‘Ghanaians appreciate your leadership’ -President praises late JJ Rawlings



“Your role in the establishment and development of the Fourth Republic as the most enduring. Republic of our history is truly exceptional. Ghanaians appreciate your leadership of our nation and will remember you accordingly”.

“For me, I appreciate very much your friendship. Commandant, fare well and rest peacefully in the bosom of the Almighty.”These were the words President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo scribbled with his green fountain pen in the Book of Condolence opened at the Accra International Conference Centre in memory of Ex-President, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings.

President Akufo-Addo signed the book of condolence after he had led a high-powered government delegation to the Ridge residence of the former President to commiserate with the family.

The government delegation included Vice-President Dr Bawumia and his wife, Mrs Samira Bawumia; the Chief of Staff, Mrs Akosua Frema Osei Opare; Ghana’s Ambassador to China, Mr Edward Boateng, the National Security Advisor, Major General Emmanuel Okyere, and the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Freddie Blay.

An atmosphere of grief hovered around the residence with majority of the people in black attire, with the exception of the security personnel who were in their uniforms.
Security was tight and the social distancing rule was strictly observed.

Even though everybody was wearing a face mask, it was very easy to realise how sad they were. Others who could not hold back their emotions shed tears.

In words of consolation to members of his family, including the widow, Mrs Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, President Akufo-Addo said just like the other 30 million Ghanaians, members of the delegation were all shocked to hear of the demise of former President Rawlings.

He said it was difficult to comprehend because the late President was full of energy and was a vital human being “but this is God’s choice”.

President Akufo-Addo said because of his stature and contribution to the country’s development and history, his departure had to be the responsibility of the state.

He added that it was in that vein that the President (he) had the responsibility over the formal announcement of his death to the nation.

President Akufo-Addo reiterated that any arrangements for the send-off would be done by the state because his contribution to the country was enormous and diverse, and the nation must show its true appreciation of his work and output here in Ghana.

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