Minority Group Leader in Parliament and MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu has raised a concern about the repeat that must be attributed to the office of the former Presidents in he country. He advised that the country should accord the various privileges for former president and not deny them of such benefits.
“Those who celebrate Jerry Rawlings today, there are many who didn’t appreciate him. I have said that let the death of Jerry Rawlings ignite and resolve in the Ghanaian and every Ghanaian to respect the office of former President. Let’s preserve it, let’s honour it, let’s dignify it,” observed Haruna Iddrisu, who was one of the speakers at a symposium organised by the NDC in memory of the late former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings.
He continued, in reference to the actions of President Akufo-Addo who was once Attorney General: “If we respect that office and know that he has served and served Ghana in that highest capacity, you’ll not strip him of his privileges and facilities and turn around to want to honour him in death.”
Recalling an incident that happened at the Kotoka Airport where Rawlings was denied access to the VIP lounge resulting in the him carrying his own luggage and joining queues at the departure and arrival halls during the first term of the Kufuor administration. Haruna Iddrisu noted that humiliating JJ Rawlings by stripping him of his privileges as a former President does not speak well of a country regarded as the beacon of democracy in Africa, thus taking a direct swipe at President Akufo-Addo, then Attorney-General, and Hackman Owusu-Agyemang.
“I am not saying this to say that, I do not appreciate what is being done, but [the past disgrace was] avoidable; some error that we do as a country to humiliate people who have sacrificed their lives, dedicated their lives to public service, does not serve the good of our country,” Haruna Iddrisu stressed.
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