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Rawlings will never be among those cold, timid souls – Duncan-Williams

The General Overseer of the Action Chapel International Ministry, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has paid a glowing tribute to Ghana’s late former President, Jerry John Rawlings.

Rawlings, the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) NDC and the first President of the Fourth Republic died on Thursday, 12 November 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was receiving treatment, after a short illness.

In a statement dated Friday, November 13, 2020, Duncan Williams said Rawlings “’dared greatly’ and will never be among those cold and timid souls who neither know great defeats or victories.”

He was the personification of “the Man in the Arena”, the Archbishop added.

Rawlings was 73 years old.

The Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama said Rawlings’ fight for social justice and the principles of probity and accountability ended coup d’etats in Ghana.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Mahama said: “President Jerry John Rawlings is no longer with us. Ghana has lost an icon.”

Mahama arrived in Accra Thursday night, following the suspension of his campaign in the Ashanti Region on hearing the news of the death of the founder of the NDC.

“Now, more than ever, we have a sacred duty to uphold and defend the values of the 4th Republic that President Rawlings held so dear – peace, democracy, probity and accountability, respect for human rights, freedom of the press, tolerance, and inclusion,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo directed all national flags to fly at half-mast for the next seven days in all parts of the country in honour of late former President Jerry John Rawlings.

The President also declared seven-day national mourning from Friday, 13th November to Friday, 20th November.

Read Duncan-Williams statement below:

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