By Benprince Ezeh
ADDO Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, has announced the death of Jerry John Rawlings, former president of the Republic, aged 73.
Akufo-Addo said that this tragic event occurred at 10:10 am on Thursday, November 12, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where the former president was receiving treatment after a short illness.
“I convey the deep sympathies of Government and the people of Ghana to his wife, the former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, the children and family of the late President in these difficult times.
“I have directed that all national flags should fly at half-mast for the next seven days in all parts of the country, and have declared seven days of national mourning from Friday, November 13, to Friday, November 20. In honour of the memory of former President Rawlings, the Vice President and I have suspended our campaigns for the same period.
“Government will work closely with the family of President Rawlings on the arrangements for a fitting state funeral for the late President and will keep the nation informed accordingly”, the president said.
According to him, a great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss.
“May his soul rest in the bosom of the Almighty until the last day of Resurrection when we shall meet again,” he said.
Realnews reports that after Kwame Nkrumah, J. J. Rawlings as he was fondly called, recently buried his aged mother and was arguably Ghana’s most influential leader, leading two military coups, serving as a military ruler, and winning two democratic elections before successfully handing overpower.
Rawlings is on record for executing eight senior Ghanaian government officials including three heads of state during his controversial anti-corruption campaign.
– Nov. 12, 2020 @ 17:34 GMT |