Ghanaians bid a final farewell to their former prez. Jerry John Rawlings

Ghanaians bid a final farewell to the longest-serving president of the Republic of Ghana on Wednesday 27th January 2021 as full military burial service takes place at the Black Star Square.

The atmosphere was that of somberness, nostalgia, and emotions as tributes came from the widow, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings read by Princess Amina Rawlings; tribute by the Children read by Hon. Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, President Akufo-Addo, the National Democratic Congress.

The burial service seems deliberately contrary to when the deceased was sworn in as the first President of the Fourth Republic on January 7, 1993, at the same venue, the Black Star Square.

Rt. Rev. Kofi Osabutey, Methodist Bishop of Accra gave words of exhortation. Other officiating clergies for the burial service includes,  the Leader of Action Chapel International, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams prayed for the family; the Catholic Archbishop of Tamale, the Most Rev. Philip Naameh, joined by Most Rev. Gabriel Edoe Kumordji(SVD), and Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle and the clergy of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

Nine wreaths were laid. The Wreath laying was done by the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, the widow Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, the Children, the National Democratic Congress (NDC ), the Agbotui family, Anlo State, Ecowas, African Union, and the Ghana Armed Forces.

There was a procession from the Black Star square through Principal Street in Accra to the military cemetery.

Juliette Manomey//DEPSOCOM ACCRA

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