Ghana’s former President, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, has called on Ghanaians to engage in sober-mannered politics as the country draws closer to the December presidential and parliamentary elections.
Mr. Rawlings called on chiefs and queenmothers to play a key role in guiding the electorate as matters heat up in the run-up to the elections so as to ensure that Ghana stays united.
“Things will heat up very soon, but no matter how far it takes, let’s not take it to the edge. Let’s engage the politics in a very sober manner. Let us not cause undue friction to destabilise the atmosphere. Whatever it is, let’s do it in a peaceful climate,” Mr. Rawlings implored.
The former President made the call when he led a delegation to participate in the final funeral rites of Osuodumgya Otutu Kono III, Akuapem Nifahene and Adukromhene at the Chief’s Durbar Grounds, Osipim-Adukrom on Saturday.
Accompanied by his daughter, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings; Dr. Kofi Djokoto, NDC Constituency Chairman for Keta and a host of others, the former President recalled how the late Nana Otutu Kono offered advice to his administration and government and said it was a privilege to have known the departed chief.
Mr. Rawlings said the wish of Nana Otutu Kono, the ancestors and elderly people of Ghana is for a peaceful climate that will keep Ghana united, well and strong.
Earlier, the former President and his entourage had exchanged pleasantries with Nana Opese Konadu III, Acting President of the Nifa Traditional Area and Chief of Awukugua and his colleagues who sat in state to mourn the departed Osuodumgya Otutu Kono III, a statement signed by Mr. Kobina Andoh Amoakwa at the Communications Directorate of the former president’s office said.