President Nana Addo has expressed sadness over the death of the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John.
“I received the news of the death of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John, with great shock and deep sadness,” the president wrote on Facebook.
He noted that the disbelief and grief expressed by many at the news of Sir John’s death are testimony to how people, in and out of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), felt about him.
The President further showed reverence and appreciation to the late former NPP scribe for his service to Ghana and devotion to the 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.
He described Sir John as energetic, ebullient, jovial, with an exceptional sense of humour, and possessing a limitless store of folktales and proverbs, with which he affected every person with whom he came into contact positively.
President Akufo-Addo said Sir John was truly unforgettable, and “our party and government owe him an immense debt for his work and commitment.”
He extended condolence to Sir John’s family, adding that, his memory will never be forgotten.
“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. Sir John, we will never forget you!!”