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I Disagreed With JJ But He Was Cool – Samia Nkrumah Eulogizes Rawlings

The demise of former President Jerry John Rawlings has brought a lot of round table discussions. Whilst many people are eulogizing him, others are furious because of how they were supposedly treated back in the days.

The first President of the Republic of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s daughter, Samia Nkrumah has paid tribute to JJ Rawlings amid a subtle jab.

The first President’s daughter wrote;

***My sincere and deepest sympathies to Madam Nana Konadu, Hon. Zanetor, and the entire family of President Rawlings.

Like many Ghanaians I was shocked to learn about JJ’s passing. Only a few weeks ago we rallied around him at his mother’s funeral.
While I understood that our former president was not an Nkrumaist, this never stood between us. He was always gentle with me and consistently encouraging. It is sad to see him go.

While I disagree with some of the political and economic decisions President Rawlings made, he was and remains a Ghanaian national symbol and he made us proud here in Africa and all over the world with his charisma and outspokenness.

My greatest wish is to see Ghanaians and Africans unite and use the pain of our past to push forward with rapid and innovative development.

R.I.P JJ***

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