President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has joined world leaders in extending condolences to Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family, following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.
According to him, “the British people have lost a redoubtable public servant, and we wish him peaceful rest in the bosom of the Almighty until the Last Day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again.”
In his message, President Akufo-Addo recalled the remarkable visits the Duke and Queen paid Ghana in 1961 and 1991.
He also noted that Prince Philip’s life “had a positive impact on us in Ghana.”
“Over seven hundred and fifty thousand (750,000) young Ghanaians have benefitted from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the great initiative he established in 1956, sixty-five (65) years ago, to unearth talents amongst young people the world over.
“It is now known in Ghana as the Head of State Award Scheme, and I had the honour, two days before his death, of cutting the sod for the construction of its own administrative office building, making Ghana one of the few countries in the world, and the second in Africa, to have such an office. His place in Ghanaian history is secure, and we appreciate very much his contact with us,” President Akufo-Addo added.
He believes Prince Philip’s “place in Ghanaian history is secure.”
The Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99.
He stepped down from royal engagements in May 2017, following a slow deterioration in his health.