Rawlings’ Burial: Former President J.J Rawlings Finally Laid To Rest
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has finally been buried today, January 27, 2021, ending four days of mourning activities.
Mr. Rawlings’ burial service took place at the Independence Square where scores of Ghanaians paid last respects to Mr. Rawlings. The former Head of state was buried at the military cemetery.
President Akufo-Addo, the Vice President and other government officials were present at the funeral.
Liberia’s President George Weah and Sierra Leone President, Julius Maada Bio, are among the foreign dignitaries who attended the burial ceremony.
Mamadou Tangara, Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the Secretary were also in attendance.
General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel as well as delegations from the ECOWAS Commission, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria were also present at the state funeral.
The national activities started on Sunday with a Catholic Requiem Mass at the Holy Spirit Cathedral and a vigil at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra.
According to the military regime, sons and daughters of J.J Rawlings were given military items as culture demands.
Mr. Rawlings was laid in state on Monday, January 25th and Tuesday, January 26th, at the Accra International Conference Centre for various members of the government and security machinery as well as members of the public to pay their last respect.
Ghana’s longest-serving Head-of-State, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings, died in the early hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.
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