The Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast has admonished the children of former President Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings to walk in their father’s shoes.
He said they are the only ones who can do this in honour of their late father.
He made the remarks at a Requiem Mass organised on Sunday at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra, to pray for and honour the memory of the late former President.
To him, the children were the only ones who can nurture the virtues and values of their late father.
He also advised politicians to let the legacy of the late former President on accountability, probity, and transparency be the lamp to guide them in their service to Ghana.
The legacy of Mr. Rawlings he added cannot be in vain.
Focusing on ‘Love, Peace and Forgiveness’ in his homily, he said the late Rawlings was a man of integrity.
The respected man of God also asked Ghanaians to embrace a spirit of showing genuine love towards one another, learning to create a peaceful environment by forgiving each other for their offences.
He said: “May his deeds and accomplishments give all young people the zeal and commitment to seek for justice on behalf of the poor, needy and vulnerable”.
Together with other members of the Clergy, he prayed for Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, wife of Flt. Lt. Rawlings and her children to be strengthened, and be given insight, understanding, courage, faith, and hope to withstand the test of time until they reunited with him (Rawlings) on the day of resurrection.
In attendance at the ceremony were President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his wife, the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and his wife, Speaker of Parliament Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Former President Mr. John Dramani Mahama, and other government officials.
Others were the Agbotui and allied families and members of the Anlo Traditional Council, stalwarts of the National Democratic Congress such as Dr Benjamin Kumbuor, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Mrs Dzifa Gomashie, and some foreign dignitaries.
Flt.Lt. Rawlings, who was the first President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, died on November 12, 2020, after battling an illness at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
He was survived by a wife, Mrs Agyeman Rawlings and four children – Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, Kimathi Rawlings, Amina Rawlings and Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings.