A delegation from the Council of State, led by its chairman, Nana Otuo Sereboe II, the Juabenhene, called on Jerry John Rawlings and the Agbotui family on Tuesday (6 October) to commiserate with them on the loss of Victoria Agbotui, mother of the former president.
Madam Agbotui died on 24 September, shortly after her 101st birthday.
Nana Otuo Sereboe said that the loss of a mother is a deeply painful experience, and yet, “Though you have lost your biological mother, you have a very formidable mother in the person of my sister Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, who has stood by you and will continue to stand by you. And we also support her to stand by you through thick and thin.”
Like President Akufo-Addo, Nana Otuo Sereboe confessed that when he lost his mother he forgot for a moment that he was a chief and wept like a baby. He recalled the former president sending the then chairman of the Council of State, Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, to mourn with him in New Juabeng.
“That action really touched my heart, so it is probably ordained that I should also mourn with you in the position that I honourably occupy as chairman of the Council of State. We want to assure you that we will be with you in all the activities marking Madam Agbotui’s funeral.
“Take heart, as the Lord is with you and will always be with you,” the eminent chief told Rawlings and his family.
Also present on the same day to offer a message of sympathy was the deputy chief of mission at the United States embassy in Accra, Christopher Lamora.
Lamora told President Rawlings and his family that he was conveying the condolences of Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan, the government and people of the United States and the US embassy on the loss of Madam Agbotui.
“I do wish her safe passage, perfect peace and, all of you, comfort. I learned from a former deputy head of mission that your mother showed a passion for taking care of the less fortunate. She left a lasting legacy,” Lamora said.
Members of the diplomatic corps led by the Dean, Claudia Turbay Quintero, Colombia’s ambassador to Ghana, also called on the former president.
Ambassador Quintero said the group visited to express their condolences, solidarity and warmth on the loss of Madam Agbotui.
Quintero was accompanied by Ambassador Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of Rwanda, Ambassador Charles Josob, representing Namibia, Ambassador Tsutomu Himeno of Japan, the ambassador of the European Union, Diana Acconcia, Abdulfatah Ahmed Khalil Alsattari of the State of Palestine and the Kenyan high commissioner to Ghana, Eliphas Mugendi Barine.
They all took turns to express their condolences to the former president and his family.
Graphic Communications Group, led by its managing director, Ato Afful, expressed their sympathies and pledged “our support to ensure a fitting send off for Madam Agbotui”.
Afful, who was accompanied by Kobby Asmah, editor of the Daily Graphic, Franklin Sowah, director of marketing and sales, Charles Amoako, technical director, and Yvonne Aryee of Corporate Communications, said the Graphic Group “prays that Madam Agbotui finds consolation in the bosom of the Lord for giving this nation a proud son and a gallant leader who has been instrumental in the history of this land for decades”.
The National Democratic Party (NDP), led by its general secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong, also called on the former president and his family to convey sympathies.
Ambassador Dan Abodakpi, stool father of the Anlo State and chairman of the central planning committee for the funeral, welcomed all the delegations and expressed the family’s profound gratitude to all for their solidarity and commiserations.
He confirmed that the funeral of Victoria Agbotui will take place at the forecourt of State House in Accra on Saturday 24 October, after which her remains will be conveyed to Dzelukope in the Volta Regio for interment.