Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has criticized the ruling party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) for crying more than the bereaved.
Asiedu Nketia on Friday, November 13, 2020 told journalists after signing the book of condolence opened by the party in honor of the late Rawlings that some people who denigrated ex-president Rawlings and withdrew his privileges and entitlements as a former president is now celebrating him.
He however acknowledged the fact that government has the powers to give the late ex-president a befitting burial due to his stature as the former Ghanaian leader.
Asiedu Nketia said “It is interesting to note that people who didn’t give president Rawlings his honour and privileges as a former president of the Republic, people who fought tooth and nail to make sure that his principles are obliterated through the scrapping of 31st December as a holiday and June 4 as a holiday and at every celebration of the June 4 including the very last one, we are vilified and insulted and threatened court action to force NDC to delete June 4 worth celebrating, are the guys who are pretending to be weeping more than the bereaved.”
“We are not going to usurp the power of the president in honouring a former president, we are not going to usurp the power of the immediate family in celebrating the life of their dear one, we are not going to prevent the family in Anlo from honouring president Rawlings but we also deserve to honour our Founding Father otherwise, the party will not be worth dying for.”
The news of Rawlings’ death hit the country in the early hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020.
Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has suspended his campaign for the next seven days in order to mourn the passing of the former president.
Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has also put his campaign on hold for the same period in line with the nation’s loss.
President Akufo-Addo has directed all flags to fly at half-mast and this was announced on Thursday, following the declaration of a seven-day national mourning for the late Jerry Rawlings.