Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings died on Thursday at the age of 73 following a short illness, the nation’s president Nana Akufo-Addo said.
Leaders from across Africa have paid tribute to the former leader.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said “Africa has lost an icon and a great statesman whose contribution to peace and prosperity of the continent will be remembered for generations to come.”
President Kenyatta mourns former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) November 12, 2020
Tanzanian President, John Magufuli said he was saddened by the passing of the former president.
I am deeply saddened by the news about the passing on of the former President of Ghana, H.E. Jerry John Rawlings. My condolences to Your Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo and the brotherly people of Ghana for the loss of this Great-man of Africa. May his soul rest in peace, Amen.
— Dr John Magufuli (@MagufuliJP) November 12, 2020
AU commission chairman Moussa Faki said Africa had lost a stalwart of pan-Africanism.
It is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of former president Jerry Rawlings of Ghana. Africa has lost a stalwart of Pan-Africanism and a charismatic continental statesman. My sincere condolences to his family, the people and the government of #Ghana
— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) November 12, 2020Loading...
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan described Rawlings as a “statesman and Pan-Africanist with strong views and drive for Africa’s renaissance and growth.”
I extend my deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Ghana over the passing on of former President Jerry John Rawlings.
As Ghana’s leader under different dispensations, he acquitted himself as a soldier of the masses and crusader for social justice. pic.twitter.com/yepdCNT0Rw
— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) November 12, 2020
Burundian president Evariste Ndayishimiye said the former leader will be remembered as an “inspiring leader”.
It’s with deep sorrow that I learned the demise of Former President of #Ghana, HE Jerry John Rawlings. We’ll always remember him as an inspiring Leader who will be deeply missed. I extend my sincerest sympathy to his family, to President Akufo-Addo and to all the Ghanaian People. pic.twitter.com/r9pkPXT9nv
— SE Evariste Ndayishimiye (@GeneralNeva) November 12, 2020
Liberian President George Weah said his nation will remember the “immense contribution” by Rawlings towards the attainment of peace in his country.
On behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Liberia, and in my own name, I wish to convey deepest and profound sympathy to the government and people of Ghana, the Rawlings family and the entire Africa for the death of a great statesman, Former President….. pic.twitter.com/HoGxb1owRP
— George Weah (@GeorgeWeahOff) November 12, 2020