President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has depicted the late previous President Jerry John Rawlings as his “old buddy and a vault of sound advice.”
As indicated by Nana Akufo-Addo, in moments of difficulty in his administration, he could depend on Mr Rawlings’ significant “wealth of involvement and information,” and “on those occasions, he came through for me.”
Nana Akufo-Addo said these in a tribute for Mr Rawlings during his last burial service ceremonies at the Black Stars Square in Accra on Wednesday, 27 January 2021.
The President accept that in spite of the fact that Mr Rawlings and himself were not the most recognize friends at a point, with time, things changed and they came to see an incentive in one another.
Nana Akufo-Addo expressed: “It was no mystery that the relationship that existed among us, directly from the exciting long stretches of 1979, through to my short period in a state of banishment, his suspicion of office as the first President of the fourth Republic, the memorable Kume Preko showings, my period as Attorney General and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Kufuor organization, to my being chosen 2008 NPP official up-and-comer, was one of open hostility. We didn’t agree!!
“In any case, with time, things changed. We came to see an incentive in one another, and comprehended, to an extremely huge degree, our separate points of view. One thing we shared practically speaking was our common obligation to public assistance.
“My visit to his Ridge home in 2012 meant the facilitating of pressures between us, prompting a companionship that went on for the majority of around eight (8) a long time. In fact, when the Ghanaian public, in 2016, rested, unexpectedly, their trust in me in the appointment of that year, one of the principal people on whom I paid a civility call was His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings.
“From my entrance into office, straight up to the day he was called by his Maker, he stayed an old buddy and a storehouse of sound guidance. I realized that, in moments of difficulty in my administration, I could rely on his significant wealth of involvement and information. On those occasions, he came through for me.”
Mr Rawlings passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short ailment.