Ghana’s late president Flt Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings has been interred at the Military Cemetery in Accra.
The founder of the National Democratic Congress died on November 12 last year at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he was receiving treatment after a short illness.
A 4-day funeral service has been organised for him by the state, starting from January 24 to 27 to allow for leaders of the country at various levels and the general citizenry to pay their last respect to their late legend before his interment.
He was laid to rest at the Military Cemetery in Accra on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
He was survived by Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and four children.
At the funeral service, President Akufo-Addo paid a glowing tribute to the late former predecessor, describing him as a charismatic, energetic, fearless leader.
According to him, the late revolutionary leader who subsequently adopted a civilian rule which Ghana continues to enjoy to date, exhibited an unparalleled sense of responsibility and patriotism right from his youthful days in the military when he launched his first failed coup de tat on May 15, 1979.
Mr. Akuffo-Addo, in reading his tribute at the Independence Square in Accra, admitted that his relationship with the late former President was not the best for many years but they both became close friends later before his demise on November 12 last year.
He said that he and the late predecessor later found value in each other, hence they decided to let sleeping dogs lie for the sake of national peace.
He referred to the longest-serving President of Ghana as one who became his confidant and a repository of good counsel to him on crucial national issues.
The burial ceremony was attended by former Presidents John Agyekum Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, NDC party stalwarts, heads of state from across Africa, the Speaker of Parliament and members of parliament, the Chief Justice and members of the judiciary, traditional leaders as well as other dignitaries and the general public.