Rashid Bawa was an honest, compassionate and dedicated person: Akufo-Addo

The late Alhaji Rashid Bawa The late Alhaji Rashid Bawa

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the late Alhaji Rashid Bawa, the former High Commissioner of Ghana to Nigeria, as someone who “embodied the value of honesty, compassion and dedication.”

“He was a true patriot whose life’s work was dedicated to serving others and advancing the interests of Ghana,” he added.

The President on Saturday eulogized the late Alhaji Rashid Bawa during the final funeral rites for the diplomat in Kadjebi in the Oti Region.

He said the life of the late ambassador was “the epitome of service, dedication and a passionate commitment to the growth and development of Ghana.”

He had “left a deep void in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him, and in the fabric of our nation.”

Nana Akufo-Addo said upon taking office on January 7, 2017: “I had the honor of appointing Rashid Bawa as Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, one of our country’s most important partners, and he exemplified the very best of our foreign employ.”

The late diplomat discharged his duties with integrity, wisdom and grace and promoted closer, stronger and mutually beneficial relations between Ghana and Nigeria.

He said this warranted an extension of his term of office for another four years, a term he unfortunately could not complete.

The President said his decision to contest for the Akan Constituency parliamentary seat, a seat he won in 2000, albeit as an independent candidate, was a testament to his deep-rooted commitment to public service and his desire to see his party ‘break’. the eight.”

“As we mourn his passing, let us celebrate the life of Rashid Bawa and the legacy he leaves behind. His contributions to our nation will not be forgotten,” he said.

Alhaji Ahmed Bawa, an elder brother of Rashid, who read the family tribute, said: “Our family is devastated by the loss of Rashid and we are devastated and depressed.”

In a tribute, Mrs. Mariyam Issa Bawa, the widow, described Alhaji Bawa as a wonderful person, the best father and a role model to their precious children.

The National Chairman of the NPP, Mr. Stephen Ayensu Ntim, in a tribute on behalf of the party, described Alhaji Bawa as a man of principles and exceptionally high standards.

He said the late ambassador “at all times stood for honor, humility, hard work, devotion to duty, integrity, responsibility, compassion and service to the motherland and humanity.”

There were tributes from the Kadjebi Traditional Council and the children.

Alhaji Rashid Bawa, 64, lawyer, died on Thursday, March 14, in Abuja, Nigeria.

His body was flown to Ghana and buried in Kadjebi on Friday, March 15, 2024, in accordance with Islamic customs and traditions.

However, the government decided to bid him a national farewell on Saturday, April 20, to appreciate his immense contribution to Mother Ghana.