Rawlings was hungry and thirsty for righteousness—- Palmer-Buckle reveals
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Gabriel Palmer-Buckle has described the late Former President Jerry John Rawlings as someone who was hungry and thirsting for righteousness.
According to him, the late president worked so hard as a political leader and his thirst for righteousness became immense.
Archbishop Palmer-Buckle said this at a requiem mass which was held for the late former President Rawlings at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra on Sunday.
He called for forgiveness for the late Rawlings, for what he described as the former President’s excesses and urged politicians to look at Mr Rawlings death as an eye opener to serve the nation with probity and accountability.
That Archbishop Palmer-Buckle said would honour the late President who was the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The mass saw the widow of the late President, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, and his children at the forefront of the catholic ceremony which begun the state funeral of Ghana’s longest-serving Head-of-State.
Mr Rawlings, then a Flight Lieutenant, staged two successful coups in 1979 and 1989, which were criticised for human rights abuses, before twice being elected president after Ghana’s subsequent return to civilian rule from 1992.
Rawlings was hungry and thirsty for righteousness
Ultimately, the priest held that the annals of Ghana’s history can never be written without Mr. Rawlings exploits.
The solemn occasion was graced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin and other state officials.
Stalwarts from the Former President Rawlings’ National Democratic Congress were also present led by its 2020 flagbearer, John Mahama.
The mass will be followed with a vigil at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra.
The late Rawlings will be laid-in-state from tomorrow at the foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
Between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on Monday, the heads of security agencies, leaders of political parties, the staff of the Office of former President Rawlings, traditional, religious leaders, and the general public would file past the mortal remains of the late former President.
The state funeral for former President Rawlings would be held at Independence Square in Accra from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.