Many Ghanaians are of the view that, the worldwide novel Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana is a mirage. Some individuals including key personalities in opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the past have mounted pressure on government to show pictures or images, videos of COVID-19 patients including dead bodies to the general public as a proof of the existence of the virus in Ghana.
But, government on the other side rejected the proposals and said, it will be contrary to the right of privacy and secrecy on ones health status. Also, the proposal according to government on the advice of some health professionals will promote stigmatization among many.
In responding to that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who is currently undergoing his 14days self-isolation at the Presidential Villa after being exposed to persons who tested positive of the Coronavirus earlier said, the death of the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission who was the former General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie popular known as Sir John justifies the existence of the novel Coronavirus to those who disbelief it.
“I received the news of the death of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John, with great shock and deep sadness. Indeed, the disbelief and grief expressed by many at the news of his death are testimony to how people, in and out of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), felt about him.” He said.
The President was filled with grief, sorrow upon receiving the sudden death of the Sir John. He described him as an outstanding politician who is very devoted, dedicated, hardworking and patriotic to the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“Passionate devotee of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition, outstanding stalwart of the NPP, strong defender of human rights as a lawyer, proud, faithful adherent of the Christian Adventist faith – these were the multi-facetted aspects of the career and character of ‘Sir John’, which earned him considerable renown both as erstwhile General Secretary of the NPP and CEO of the Forestry Commission. Energetic, ebullient, jovial, with an exceptional sense of humour, and possessing a limitless store of folktales and proverbs, he affected positively every person with whom he came into contact. He was truly unforgettable, and our party and government owe him an immense debt for his work and commitment.” He added.
“My wife Rebecca and I extend our deepest condolences to his entire family. Sakora Wonoo has lost a valiant son. He will be widely missed. May the Good Lord bless him, and give him a peaceful place of abode in His Bosom until the Last Day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again. Sir John, we will never forget you!!” Nana Akufo-Addo concluded with pain and sadness.