Ghana’s former President John Agyekum-Kufuor has revealed how shocked he was to hear about the demise of former President Jerry John Rawlings and said history would give the late President Jerry John Rawlings a balanced place in the records of Ghana.
According to the former NPP leader, although he and the late President did not agree on “many matters of state,” he felt that the late President “was trying to do the best he knew and could, under his peculiar circumstances.”
A statement issued by the former President on Friday, 13 November 2020, said: “My wife, Theresa, and I are deeply saddened by the passing of former President Jerry John Rawlings, whose untimely death reported yesterday came as a thunderbolt to us and our children.”
He noted that: “President Rawlings was the longest-serving head of state since our nation’s independence in 1957. When the time came for him to step down as President on 7 January 2001, he obliged and obviously tried to contain whatever reservations about me and my government that succeeded him and his government, within the bounds of the national constitution of 1992.
“In this regard, whatever doubts persisted about his commitment to democratic rule, became attenuated and earned him a legacy of contributing to the sustenance of democratic governance of our country till his demise.”
The statement continued: “History would give him a balanced place in the annals of our nation.
“We’re left now to mourn him and also express our heartfelt condolences to his widow Mrs. Nana Konadu Agemang-Rawlings, their children, and the larger family.”