Wa Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV, the Overlord of the Waala Kingdom is among many others in the Upper West Region who expressed their shock over the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings who passed on in the early hours of Thursday.
According to Wa Naa Pelpuo the sudden demise of the former President in this critical moment that the country was heading towards a major election was a big blow to the country’s democracy.
Wa Naa Pelpuo who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) through his Secretary, Jinpenhi Naa Kadri Ibrahim, said he was saddened by the death of former President Rawlings and called on Ghanaians to take time to reflect on the life journey of such a great man.
He said former President Rawlings created the Upper West Region and extended the national grid to the Region and the provision of the first ever potable water, among many other remarkable achievements.
In the area of education, the Overlord of the Waala Kingdom mentioned the Wa Polytechnic, the University for Development Studies (UDS) and many other basic school infrastructure.
On governance, Wa Naa Pelpuo described the late former President as a selfless leader who sacrificed a lot to restore Ghana to the democratic path and even after he left office he still held on to his democratic principles by constantly criticizing sitting Presidents on certain democratic principles.
Wa Naa Pelpuo therefore expressed his profound condolences to the wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and the children and the entire family members, and asked God to grant them the necessary strength to carry on.
“One thing we can honour Rawlings with is to ensure the integrity of the elections and ensure that there is peace before, during and after the general elections,” adding that will make Rawlings rest in peace.
Rawlings was the person to stage coup d’etats in this country and introduced political democracy in 1992, which they were still enjoying in present times.