When it has to do with death, you had better gauge your comments especially on social media, before you find a legion of users descending on you.
This is especially the case when your comments have anything to do with someone that a following living or dead.
Ask Nana Serwaa Acheampong, the daughter of late former president of Ghana, General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, and you would be better educated.
She is now the butt of rebukes from a section of Ghanaians on social media over what they consider her ‘insensitive’ comments on the death of former President, Jerry John Rawlings.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had announced Rawlings’s death on Thursday at 10:10 AM at the Korie-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was receiving treatment for what is considered COVID-19 complications, with Nana Serwaa reportedly saying he died too early:
“Now he’s dead, and somehow I feel robbed, cheated because unlike my father, Rawlings’ death was too easy, too comfortable probably…
“Now I think, his children and I are the same fatherless! But at least they grew up knowing their father, they grew up being provided for and protected by their father. So now, we are not the same. Rawlings took my father away from me by firing squad, leaving me with no father to provide for me or protect me. Rawlings is dead and I feel cheated”, the lady’s statement read in part…”
Ghanaweb reports indicates that her comments which was shared on Facebook by political commentator, A Plus, have triggered a lot of emotions and disgust for those who see/saw Jerry John Rawlings as their hero, as they have descended heavily on the young woman for her insensitivity.
They called her out for being ignorant of the system under which Rawlings was operating, and claimed her father was a ‘traitor’ who deserved what he got.
Others opined that she had been lied to about the real truths of what went on during the revolution and so she should acquaint herself with history and move on with her life.
The Eagle recalls that Jerry Rawlings started a revolution in Ghana on June 4, 1979 in the course of some senior military officers including Acheampong were executed by the Armed Force Revolutionary Council (AFRC).
Aside Acheampong, the other senior officers that were executed included Lt. Gen. Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa, and General William Fredrick Akwasi Akuffo.
Some of the reactions are captured below:
Nana Serwaa Acheampong writes….
“Fmr. President J.J. Rawlings is dead said my visitor, I said it’s fake news! What’s the source I asked, Graphic online he said. Then it must be true. How? Was he sick? We hadn’t heard that he was sick. I checked my phone, loads of posts confirming that yes indeed he was dead! When he was alive people often asked me how I felt about him. My response, nothing and it’s true, because if I had spent my life hating him for having killed my father,…