A time for national grief

The nation has been gripped with shock following the sudden demise of Former Vice-President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.

Indeed, the entire country is grieving. From the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, his Vice, Dr  Mahamadu Bawumia, to Former Presidents, Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Mahama, as well as the  political class and ordinary people on the streets, Ghanaians are yet to come to terms as to why the former Vice President passed away suddenly.


Although an aide to the late Kwesi Amissah-Arthur confirmed that he collapsed at the Air force Gym during a workout session, and was rushed to the hospital, where he passed on, it still defies imagination why we lost the former Vice President in such a manner.


The Ghanaian Times is not looking for the reason why he passed away because everyone would die someday, but it is painful to suddenly lose  a national figure who has contributed so much to the nation.


This is why many expressed shock and dismay when the death was announced.


Indeed, President Akufo-Addo reacted with shock describing the death as “unfortunate since he (Amissah-Arthur) appeared to have a lot to contribute to public life of our country”.


“As a long standing public servant, who discharged his duties with dignity, Ghana has lost a fine public servant,” he said of the former Vice-President.


Former President Rawlings and John Mahama also shared the grief with messages that underlined their shock and sadness at the death of the man who they both described as a consummate gentleman.


Other statesmen and women such as Former President Kufuor, Vice President Bawumia, First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo also said his loss was a big blow to the nation.


In general, Ghanaians are devastated by the sad news and the compassion shown indicates that the Former Vice President was an asset to the nation and the wish of many would be for him to stay a bit longer.


The late Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur would be remembered for his civility even under extreme provocation from his political opponents.


We are certain that it is for that reason that Ghanaians from all walks of life are mourning him with a deep sense of sorrow.


The common grief that Ghanaians have shown indicates that he was loved by all and would remain on our minds for a long time.


The, Ghanaian Times joins the entire nation at their moment of national grief to mourn one of the illustrious sons of the soil.


We extend our condolences to the entire nation, family, friends and well wishers.

May his soul rest in peace.



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