President Akufo-Addo and the First Lady Rebecca, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and his spouse, Speaker of Parliament, Members of Parliament (MP’s), Former President John Dramani Mahama, government officials, National Democratic Congress (NDC) stalwart’s friends and sympathizers joined the wife, children and family of late former President Jerry John Rawlings at the Holy Spirit Cathedral for the pre-burial requiem mass for the late former President.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings died on November 12 after a short illness at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Reverend Gabriel Palmer Buckle centered his homily on love, peace and forgiveness.
He said Late President Jerry John Rawlings paid his due to Ghana and humanity and deserves to be with the Lord.
The solemn programme was interspersed with scripture readings and the singing of hymns.
Archbishop Gabriel Palmer Buckle in a tribute said he often tried hard to come to terms with who the late President was but could not.
He said Rawlings as he was, thirst for righteousness adding that the history of Ghana cannot be written without him.
He advised the family to live in love and peace and protect the legacy of late Mr. Rawlings.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast who is also the Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference Most Reverend Gabriel Palmer Buckle also had a word for politicians.
The wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and the children were later prayed for and blessed by the Archbishops present.
Also present at the requiem mass was the Agbotui and allied families and members of the Anlo Traditional Council as well as the diplomatic corps.
STORY BY: YVONNE ATILEGO