Africa has lost a Great Man! Jerry J. Rawlings, the former president of Ghana died Thursday morning after a short illness at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra that’s according to state-owned Daily Graphic.

Jerry Rawlings towered over the West African nation for two decades first as a military ruler and then as elected president. He led two coups, first in 1979, and from 1981 to 1993, he ruled as chairman of a joint military-civilian government. In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic. He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years. In 2001, he handed over power to John Kufour of the opposition party

FLT. Jerry Rawlings in 1979

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced seven days of national mourning. “A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss,” he said in a statement. The president has announced the passing away of Senior Comrade JJ Rawling on his official tweeter page

John Mahama, The National Democratic Congress candidate for upcoming elections, has announced he will suspend his campaign and later tweeted that “following news of the passing of our Founder and former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings”.

Mr. Rawlings is the joint recipient of the 1993 World Hunger Prize. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, and Lincoln University Doctorate Degree for Diplomacy and Development. It was just last month October 24, 2020, that he buried his mother, Madam Victoria Agbotui, at Dzelukope in the Volta Region.

Mr Rawling has left behind his beautiful wife Nana Konadu Agyeman, who he met while at Achimota College; three daughters: Zanetor Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings; and one son, Kimathi Rawlings and the entire continent/world to mourn him.

Africa mourns a conrade in Africa’s continuous fight for econoomic and political liberation.

Moussa Faki, AU commission chair

Liberian President George Weah has paid tribute to the fallen hero, “Ghana, Liberia and Africa will miss a great leader”

“Liberia remembers his immense contribution to the attainment and sustainment of peace during our dark days of our own history,” he added in a tweet.

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