A former Ghanaian President called Jerry Rawlings, gave up the ghost as was reported by Ghanaian media on Thursday.
Rawlings who died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra was suspected to have passed away from COVID-19 complications.
Jerry Rawlings was a initially a Ghanaian military leader and, later he went on to become a civilian President between 1981 to 2001.
Rawlings came into power through a coup détat in 1979 as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.
In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military and became the first President of Ghana’s Fourth Republic.
He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.
Rawlings left office in 2000 after his second term, after ruling for a total of eight years.
“Jerry Rawlings was an African giant,” former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar said in a tribute shared on Twitter. “His tenure as leader of Ghana remains emblematic with the restoration of that country. Even after office, he stood tall for African unity and renaissance.”
Ex-Senate President of the 8th National Assembly, Bukola Saraki described the late President as a pan-Africanist.
“From his early days as a young revolutionary, to his later years as a renowned statesman and pan-Africanist, Jerry Rawlings always led from the front and matched his words with his actions,” Saraki said via Twitter.