The NPP has received with profound shock and disbelief news of the tragic death of the first President of the Fourth Republic, H.E. Jerry John Rawlings, which sad event occurred today, Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was receiving medical attention after a short illness.
The Party accordingly conveys its deep sympathies to the bereaved family particularly his wife, the former First Lady of the Republic, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and children in these difficult times. Equally, the NPP commiserates with his close associates and the Ghanaian people for this incalculable loss.
Late Jerry John Rawlings would not only forever be remembered in the annals of history as the longest serving Ghanaian Leader, but also as the man who spearheaded Ghana’s transition from the 3rd to the 4th Republic, which the most enduring Republic in the nation’s history, which reminds us of our renewed and unfettered commitment to upholding the very tenets of rule of law and to a regime of uninterrupted constitutional order.
The NPP takes cognizance of the directive by President Akufo-Addo for all national flags to fly at half-mast as well as his declaration of seven days of national mourning to honour the memory of the former Ghanaian leader. The President of the Republic, who doubles as the NPP Presidential Candidate, equally announced the suspension of his campaign and that of the vice president for the next seven days in honuor of his memory.
It cannot be doubted that late former President Rawlings has paid his dues to this country, and is more than deserving of this recognition for a life well lived in honour of country. The NPP wholly associates itself with the decision of the President to work closely with the family of the late former President to give him a fitting State funeral.
Ghana has indeed lost a great pillar. May the soul of former President Jerry John Rawlings find comfort in God’s bosom, and may the family he left behind and indeed the rest of the nation find solace to bear this great loss.