Former President Jerry John Rawlings was laid to rest on Wednesday, 27th January 2021 after a burial service held at the Black Star Square in Accra.
The burial service was filled with tributes from dignitaries across the globe including from Buckingham palace, United Kingdom (UK).
Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II in her tribute said:
“I was saddened to hear the death of H.E. Jerry John Rawlings, the former President of Ghana. I recall fondly my visit to Ghana in 1999 and our many discussions at Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings. He made an invaluable contribution to the creation of the current constitution and returning Ghana to democracy in 1992. I wish to convey, my condolences to his family and the people of Ghana”
Her son, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles also had this to say:
“My wife and I were so very sad to learn of the death of His Excellency former President Jerry John Rawlings. Knowing what a towering figure former President Rawlings was in Ghanaian public life, and how great he was respected for laying the foundations of Ghana’s now proud democratic traditions. I can well imagine how keenly his loss will be felt so many people. For my part, I have such special memories of having met former President Rawlings on my visits to Ghana, most recently in 2018, when we had the opportunity to recall fondly how, in 1977, it was a young Flight Lieutenant Rawlings of the Ghana Air Force who escorted my airplane as I landed in Ghana for the first time. As Ghana mourns the passing of former President Rawlings, my wife joins me in sending our heartfelt condolences to his family, to yourself, and to all the people of Ghana”
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