Akufo-Addo Should Treat President Rawlings With Dignity Even In Death

The late Jerry John Rawlings The late Jerry John Rawlings

Well-meaning and reasonable Ghanaians, must know when to smell a rat from a distance. The stench coming from the presidency, regarding the funeral arrangements of former president Jerry John Rawlings is too galling for anyone not to smell.

The sudden death of former president Jerry John Rawlings which sadly occurred on November 12, was to bring finality to his life and times on earth, but to president Akufo-Addo, it has only opened old wounds.

He pretended to shed crocodile tears, when the family called on him at the flagstaff house to inform him of Rawlings' passing, hardly had the tears dried that, he begun to hatch schemes to reduce the man to nothing, by hijacking the funeral and drawing needless controversy towards the final funeral rites of Jerry John Rawlings.

Akufo-Addo, who today is behaving like he loves Jerry Rawlings more than his family, is the same person who in 2003, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, withdrew all courtesies accorded him as former president.

The man who birthed the Fourth Republican dispensation, deserves more from a country he dedicated 19 years of his life to and handed over power peacefully in 2000.

Perish the thought, but would Akufo-Addo, dare treat the family of ex-president John Agyekum Kufuor, was he the one who went the way of all mortals?

This newspaper finds it insulting the desecration of the memory of Jerry Rawlings but Akufo-Addo, in trying to bury him, like a commoner.

How can you as a president agree to a funeral date of December 23, to bury Jerry Rawlings two days to Christmas, without the involvement and consent of his family?

The memory of the dead, it is said is a warning to the living, Akufo-Addo, must remember that he is not immortal, his family and all those who love him risk going through what he is putting the family and loved ones of Mr Rawlings through.

As a newspaper with an avowed mission statement to raise our pen in condemning what we considered as unfair, we wish to tell Akufo-Addo to tread with caution, as he is on a slippery slope.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com