Former Ghana President Jerry John Rawlings who ruled Ghana between 1981 to 2001 died on Thursday aged 73, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
President Nana Akufo-Addo had suspended his re-election campaign and had directed that the Ghana flag should be on half-mast to mourn the former president Jerry John Rawling’s death.
In another development, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential candidate John Dramani Maham had suspended his six (6) days campaign tour to mourn the date of the former Ghana President.
PRESIDENT JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS HAD BEEN IN FULL SUPPORT OF FORMER PRESIDENT JOHN MAHAMA RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN
The former President Jerry John Rawlings had been in full support of former President John Mahama re-election campaign in the forthcoming December 7th, 2020 presidential election against the incumbent President Nana Akufo Addo.
Jerry John Rawlings was born on 22nd June 1947 to a Ghanaian mother and a Scottish father. He attended Achimota School and got his General Certificate of Education ‘O’ Level in the year 1966.
He joined Ghana Air force as a Flight Cadet in August 1968 he also joined cadet training for Ghana Military Academy and Training School Teshie, Accra as an Officer. He graduated in 1969 as commissioned Pilot Office where he won the highest “Speed Bird Trophy” as the best cadet in flying and airmanship; in 1978 he rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
In 1979 28th May, Flight-Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings and other six military officers appeared before the court after a failed coup attempt.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in the year 2000 gave the former President of Ghana Jerry John Rawlings the International Year of Volunteers 2001 renowned person by the former UN Secretary-General.
Before his death on 12th November 2020, he had been given lectures at some Universities, the University of Oxford on issues like Development, poverty and corruption in Africa.
AFRICAN COUNTRIES LEADERS HAD SENT THEIR CONDOLENCE MESSAGES
In another development, Presidents of some of the African countries: President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria had sent his condolence message to the government and people of Ghana and the entire African continent on the loss of the great leader.
Nigeria former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan had also sent a condolence message to the government and people of Ghana for the loss of their former President Jerry John Rawlings.
Also, President of Liberia George Opong Weah had also tweeted through his tweeter handle his condolence message to the people of Ghana and to the Africa continent.