President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to the government and people of Ghana over the passing of their former President, Jerry John Rawlings.
Rawlings died at age 73 on Thursday morning at the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana.
Taking to the official Twitter handle of the Presidency Nigeria, Buhari noted that the passion, discipline and moral strength that the former Ghanaian leader employed to reposition his country continue to reverberate across the continent and beyond.
Rawlings was a member of the radical and charismatic generation of figures who emerged in West Africa in the 1980s. The former air force flight lieutenant led two coups in 1979 and 1981, railing against corruption and stamping his authority on the nation before ushering in democracy.
The President noted with commendation, the unique role the former President played in strengthening political institutions in his country and Africa, stimulating the economy for sustainable growth and vociferously championing the African cause by urging many leaders to work towards interdependency on the global stage, especially in areas of competitive advantage.
President Buhari assured that the ideas that Rawlings postulated, particularly for development in Africa, and his sacrifices in working in various countries as an envoy for peace and democracy will always be remembered.
The President affirmed that the entire African continent will sorely miss the sterling qualities of the great leader and prays that the God will grant the Ghanaian leader eternal rest, and comfort all his loved ones.