The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday, November 13, 2020, paid a visit the family of late former President Jerry John Rawlings to sympathize with them.
President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Vice President, Dr. Mahammudu Bawumia and wife, the Chief of Staff, Madam Frema Osei-Opare, Minister for Communications, and Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West and Eugene Arhin, Communications Director at the Presidency.
President Akufo-Addo signed the book of condolence in memory of J.J Rawlings.
According President Akufo-Addo: “The arrangements for his funeral are going to be done by the state. We have to make sure that this man is given a befitting State burial.”
”His contribution to our country is enormous on many grounds and our nation must show its true appreciation of his work and output here in Ghana.”
Dr. Zenetor Agyeman-Rawlings(daughter of the late Rawlinga) spoke on behalf of the family.
According to her, she is overwhelmed with the kind of love and care Ghanaians have showed after her father’s death.
“Indeed, this was unexpected. I suppose, on one hand, he managed to send his mother off first which was one of his concerns.”
”We cannot comprehend the reason why he is gone now, but we have to understand this is the reality of our lives.”
“We thank you (President Akufo-Addo) for paying us a visit today and honouring us and to let you know we will work closely with the government and the State protocol to ensure that the wishes of both are honoured as much as possible.”