Divisional Chief of Gbetsile in the Kpone-Katamanso District of the Greater Accra Region,Nii Teye Kojo Amanquah Sune I, has stated that the death of the former President Ft. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings has made him sleepless overnight on Thursday November 12, 2020 untill Friday November 13, 2020.
“l want to say that on Thursday after news of the death of former president Rawlings hit social media I couldn’t sleep comfortably in own room in the night.
“This is simply because l never expected that our great former President would die so soon like this,”Nii Teye Kojo Amanquah Sune I sorrowfully said.
Expressing his utmost sadness about the death of Mr Rawlings, the Gbetsile Chief described the late Mr Rawlings as a man whose legacy and ideology and good leadership rule will forever remain a part of African history.
To him, Flt. Lt Rawlings’ legacy is unmatched and added that he believes stronly that the ideals that the late Rawlings exemplified will be upheld even though he has passed away.
“The important of the good personality in society is not realized whilst that person is alive. This generally comes to the notice of the general public after he or she is died and gone. So My dear friend and father of this nation is gone and look at good things that many people are saying about him.
“This should not henceforth be the practice of us as a human being or Ghanaian.We should learn how to give citation to the good people when they are alive,” Nii Teye Kojo Amanquah Sune l, issued the caution to Ghanaians to eulugise the former president and stressed the need for Ghanaian to emulate the legacy of Mr Rawlings.
He indicated that ideals which the late Rawlings he stood for, probity and accountability, and his legacies will continue to light in perpetuity and give guidance to all of us in this country.
The former President died on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness.
In an interview with Daily Analyst on Friday November 13, 2020 to condole with the family of the late former President, the Gbetsile chief said that “Jerry Rawlings must Rest in Peace and Power. My dear friend Jerry Rawlings, your légacy is forever part of African history.”
He stated that Mr Rawlings’ will be remembered for his illustrious and selfless leadership.
He lamented it is indeed a very sad day for Ghanaians and the world at large as one of our illustrious leaders whose leadership midwifed Ghana to become a beacon of democracy and constitutional rule in Africa is demised.
“I wish on behalf of the people of Gbetsile community to express our deepest condolence to the family and Ghanaians as we mourn the death of our former President,” he stressed.
This notwithstanding, Nii Teye Kojo Amanquah Sune I called for stricter adherence to novel coronavirus (COVID-19)safety protocols as the declining number of active cases have seen a spike lately.
The the update of the case of the COVID-19 means that the virus are still with us Ghana which still killing the prominent personalities.
“If indeed it is true that the COVID-19 disease that killed our former President then the sudden dimisse of the late Rawslings should be the learning lesson for us. The more we
adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols the quicker we defeat the virus.
He warned against the shunning of safety directives such as wearing face masks and practicing good personal hygiene.
This follows the recent increase in daily infections in the country after the previous numbers were reducing.
He commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his measures to deal with the global pandemic, and entreated the observance of safety directives stated by the Ghana Health Service (GES).
“It is very clear that the more we adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols the quicker we defeat the virus,” he advised.
He further stated that he has personally observed that people are throwing caution to the wind regarding the Covid-19 safety protocols.
“I’ve seen it firsthand how in some regions of our country, some residents are abandoning altogether the protocols such as wearing of masks, put in place to defeat the virus,” he said.
He cited the sharp decline “from 44.3% to 5%” in the adherence to safety protocols in Accra according to survey reports from the Ghana Health Service (GES).
According to him, this practice of some Ghanaians is not acceptable as enhanced hygiene and mask wearing protocols must now be central features of our lives