The bishop of Cape Coast and the vice president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference GCBC, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle woe Politicians of their call to serve mother Ghana.
Speaking at the requiem mass on Sunday, 24th January 2021, the man of God said “Jerry has paid his dues to Ghana and to humanity in the way he knew best and believed”.
Reflecting on the life of the deceased, the homilist said “the annuals of Ghana cannot be written without mentioning J. J Rawlings. Using an Akan adage to describe the late president, the archbishop said it is when the frog dies that you notice he has a white belly: “Jerry in His own way was hungry and thirsty for righteousness, Jerry in His own way fought for the poor. He longed for the coming of the kingdom of heaven, he worked for justice to be established for the under privilege, and he could not tolerate the slow pace at which this was coming to bare nor could he suffer those who seemingly, deliberately faulted the manifestation of the kingdom of God.”
He identified JJ Rawlings’s mantra: probity, accountability, and transparency as what he tried to see instituted in the Ghanaian body politics of which he lived and died for.
He urged the deceased children to bring their father back to life by walking in his shoes, nurturing the virtues and values of their father.
The mass for the repose soul of the longest-serving president had in attendance, The widow Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, her beloved children: Yaa Asantewaa, Kimathi, Zanetor, and Amina. Close family members of the deceased, bigwigs of the National Democratic Congress NDC, and the military service, government officials including President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr. Mahmudu Bawumia, First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and Second Lady Samira Bawumia.
The former President has been laid-in-state at the Accra International Conference Centre for two days from Monday, January 25, 2021, to Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
Juliette Manomey// DEPSOCOM Accra