The family of the late former Head of State, Lieutenant General Frederick William Kwasi (FWK) Akuffo, has called on President Akufo-Addo to inform him about the death of Emily Akuffo, wife of the late Lt. General.
She is reported to have died on April, 8 2022, a few hours before her 88th birthday.
She was the First Lady of Ghana from July 1, 1978 to 4 June 1979 and was a teacher by profession.
After the death of her husband who was once Head of State of Ghana and Chairman of the Supreme Military Council military government, she spent the ensuing years in her hometown Akropong away from the public eye.
Family Spokesperson, Paul Koranteng, indicated that the one-week observance would be April 27, 2022 at the Christ Presbyterian Church at Akropong where he was a senior Presbyter.
President Akufo-Addo on behalf of the government and people of Ghana expressed heartfelt condolences to the children and family and assured that government would do what was required to give her a befitting funeral and burial.
For now, he said the government was waiting for the date for the final funeral rites which he promised to attend.
President Akufo-Addo who said he knew the former First Lady in her prime described her as “very dynamic, vibrant and active, a woman of great charm.”
Ms Barbara Akuffo, a daughter of the former First Lady, was full of praise for President Akufo-Addo for his personal interest and support to their mother.
“We the children of Mrs Emily Akuffo would like to say a big thank you to you; you have always been there for us. In our time of need you are always there for us. Thank you very much. You were very busy but you made the time to be with mum, we thank you so much,” she added.
She said the family was always surprised that the Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Mrs. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, despite all her busy schedules never forgot their mother’s birthday and always ensured that it was memorable and even two days before she passed the Chief of Staff was there.
Lieutenant General Akuffo came to power in a military coup and was also overthrown in another military coup and executed three weeks later, on June 26 1979.