Ghanaians are saddened by the death of former General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John, just a week after he was celebrated on social media handle, Twitter.
He was celebrated after a snippet of his interview with Delay popped up.
The renowned lawyer-cum-politician passed away Wednesday evening, July 1 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment at the hospital.
He was admitted on Thursday, June 25 and was moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) when he started experiencing breathing difficulties, where he was subsequently placed on a ventilator but could not survive the virus.
Sir John, until his death was the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission. He also served as the General Secretary of the NPP from 2010 to 2014.
Reacting to news of his death, some Ghanaians took to their Twitter handles to pay tribute to the astute politician who was revered and loved by many across the political divide.
Below are some of the tributes paid to the politician:
Saw this epic video of Sir John here just last week😔😔
— Kay 💧 (@Kaypoisson1) July 1, 2020
Sir John has died and I’m hearing he tested positive to coronavirus before he got ill and died
This country err we take things play a lot all in the name of politics
— Kelewele Joint 🍟 (@Ankamagyimi) July 1, 2020
Sir John is gone 🥺
What’s happening in 2020 sigh 😔
May his soul Rest In Peace
Covid-19 is real guys let’s protect ourselves🤲🏾🙏
— Nungua Burnaboy (@Views09) July 1, 2020
REST EASY SIR JOHN!
What a sad exit. RIP sir. You served your nation well. pic.twitter.com/3kt8dzUtib
— G i o v a n i (@GiovaniCaleb) July 1, 2020
His answer to Delay on his name “Sir” is EPIC.. 👌
RIP Sir John (Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie), former NPP General Secretary 😭
What a year to remember.. Can we end 2020 now? 🤨pic.twitter.com/jLizWuDsNF
— Kojo Prempeh (@Mr_Anane_) July 2, 2020
Si John never completed his statements w/o citing a scenario from the Bible or an experienced he’s had in his village.
Upon all these one thing that can NEVER be forgotten about him is “FEAR DELEGATES”. It would be said each and every election year. RIP SIR JOHN. 💔
— Andy Darks (@abi_darks) July 1, 2020
Sir John was one of the people that convinced President @NAkufoAddo to run for the third time. I remember how he told the president that even if he's in a wheel chair, he's going to push him around to campaign. I wonder how Akufo-Addo must be feeling.
— RexOmarrr1 (@RexOmarrr1) July 1, 2020
I've missed hearing from Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka 'Sir John' on radio and TV.
This interview with @delayghana in June 2015 is arguably one of the best.
His humor is top notch. pic.twitter.com/5z2s9qvrc7
— Tutankhamun. (@Obiba_) June 30, 2020
RIP Sir John 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 You were a kind man to me and I’m sure to everyone you met. pic.twitter.com/qZQp85ePIx
— delorisfrimpongmanso (@delayghana) July 1, 2020
Sir John. Welcome to the graveyard👻☠️💀 I'll take you round to show you everything about here. Akwaaba pic.twitter.com/o59x8Ebmyo
— Dr. Kwame Nkrumah GH🇬🇭 1st President (@OptyDin) July 1, 2020
On being called 'Cocoa Ase Kurasenii', this is what Sir John told Delay. He never forgot where he came from.
— Maiestas Ⓜ️ (@Ebenezer_Peegah) July 1, 2020
The vibe alone Sir John will give u eh, charley 😔😤 pic.twitter.com/oYe16XSZ6x
— Sergio Manucho (@sergiomanucho1) July 1, 2020
Is this how we’re beginning the 2nd half of 2020 .
You don’t even know what to expect any more
Oh sir John , may your soul rest in perfect peace pic.twitter.com/xVEeXZTQKx
— Wo wofa Kojo💥 (@kojo_mufasah) July 1, 2020