Former President Rawlings (arrowed) with the chiefs and elders of Anlo
A delegation of Chiefs of the Anlo Traditional Area last Thursday paid a courtesy call on former President Jerry John Rawlings to commiserate with him on the death of his mother, Madam Victoria Agbotui.
A statement issued by the Communications Directorate of the Office of the former President said the delegation of chiefs, which was led by the Awadada of the Anlo State, Togbe Agbesi Awusu II, came to mourn the demise of Madam Victoria Agbotui, mother of the former President and a queenmother of the Anlo State.
It said Togbe Awadada said the customs of Anlo made it imperative for the Chiefs and Elders of the land to call on their son and the immediate bereaved family to confirm the sad news of his mother’s demise, offer their condolences and equally use the opportunity to offer special prayers for the departed soul and the bereaved family.
According to the statement, Togbe Awadada said the indisputable integrity of former President Rawlings, his contributions to national development and the dividends of his exceptional leadership were what Ghanaians were enjoying under the Fourth Republic.
It said Togbe Agbesi said emerging development in the region by a group of people calling for secession and declaring Volta Region as not part of the Republic of Ghana was not only worrisome but endangered peace and national cohesion.
On his part, it said, former President Rawlings used the occasion to call on the Electoral Commission EC) to uphold the sanctity and integrity of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
That, he said, could be done by ensuring that the electoral register was cleaned up following recent reports of missing names and other challenges during the exhibition of the register.
It said the former President also stated that notwithstanding the good intentions of the government to protect the country’s territorial interest and integrity, the recent deployment of the military and other security services that sparked some disaffection could have been done without the passion it generated.
It said former President Rawlings made those observations at a recent meeting with the National Security Minister, Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, when he (Kan-Dapaah) sought to find out from Mr Rawlings whether he had any concerns about current national issues.
The Chairman of the Funeral Planning Committee and the Stool Father of the Anlo State, Ambassador Daniel Abodakpi, expressed the family’s gratitude to the chiefs for their kind support and for the fact that they had lived through the true historical role the former President and his government played and would not allow anyone to distort that story.