Today marks day 3 of the final funeral rites of the late president Jerry John Rawlings as he lies in state at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has filed past the mortal remains of the late Former President Jerry John Rawlings on Tuesday January 26 at the Accra International conference Centre in Accra.
The president was in the company of his wife, the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
He was followed by the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who also filed past the mortal remains with his wife Samira Bawumia.
Former president John Agyekum Kufuor was also there to pay his last respects to the late former President. Also present to pay his last respects was former president John Dramani Mahama.
The Cheif Justice, Speaker of Parliament, MPs, Government officials, political leaders, and diplomats have also come in to pay their last respects.
The funeral ceremony of the late former Ghanaian leader started Sunday January 24 with a Requiem mass held in his honour at the Holy Spirit Cathedral. A vigil was also held at the Air Force Officers Mess in the evening to mark the beginning of the funeral rites.
The mortal remains of the late President were on Monday, January 25, 2021, conveyed to the Accra International Conference Centre early in the morning. The coffin which was draped in the national colours was carried into the hall by officers and men of the Ghana Air Force to be laid in state for filing past.
Several other dignitaries, politicians, diplomats and people from all walks of life have thronged the AICC amid hymns and traditional mourning music playing in the background just to pay their last respects.
The sombre atmosphere which greets you on arrival at the place and posture of the people trooping in and out of the building to pay their last respects can only point to one obvious fact. It clearly tells us that indeed the late former President was an iconic figure whose demise has touched many hearts.
The late president Jerry John Rawlings ruled Ghana for almost 2 decades of it’s lifetime since independence. He was born in 1947 and died on November 12, 2020 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness.