Former President Jerry John Rawlings has been enskinned as a chief in the Upper West Region.
The Naa of Wa bestowed the former President with the title, Bagrepie naa.
The Naa of Wa in the Upper West Region has enskinned Former President Jerry John Rawlings as Bagrepie naa.
The ceremony took place at the Wa Naa’s palace when Mr. Rawlings arrived in the region to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the 4 June 1979 uprising; themed “Restoring the Ideals of Probity and Accountability.”
Speaking on behalf of fellow kingmakers, the Paramount chief of the Guli Traditional Area, Naa Seidu Braimah, said: “We know what you have done for us. You created this Region from the then Upper Region when we had only three districts. You have since been with us. Even in times of crisis, you never turned your back on us and we think this is the only way to recognise your contribution to our development.”
Mr. Rawlings’ title, he explained is a name given to a spiritual cave where the traditional council goes to seek solutions to their problems.
On his part, Mr. Rawlings commended the kingmakers and the people of the region for the honour done him and their role in enhancing democracy in the country saying: “I sincerely hope that you continue this peaceful way as a model to the rest of the country to offer the guidance and the leadership that we so much need as a people.”