Akufo-Addo describes Shinzo Abe assassination as most cowardly, despicable act

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, sent sincere condolences and deep sympathies to Emperor Naruhito, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the Government and people of Japan, and to his family, on the tragic murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which occurred today Friday July 8.

Mr Akufo-Addo said the assassination was a most cowardly and despicable act, which must receive the firm condemnation of all.

Shinzo Abe did not deserve to die this way, he added.

“As modern Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister and one of its most successful, I recall my official visit to Japan in December 2018, where, amongst others, Ghana and Japan pledged to continue to strengthen the excellent relations that exist between our two countries.

“During that visit, he was a most gracious host, and demonstrated his strong commitment to democratic governance, and respect for human rights and individual liberties. Unfortunately, it was in the exercise of these rights that he met his untimely death. Japan has lost a noble son, a patriot and a distinguished democrat. He will be missed by all who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing and meeting him.

“May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen!” Mr Akufo-Addo said in a Facebook post.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was confirmed dead after suffering gunshot wounds and being rushed to the hospital.

Ex-Prime Minister Abe was shot dead in the city of Nora while delivering a campaign speech.

A man believed in his early 40s, Tetsuya Yamagami, was arrested at the scene as the prime suspect.

Tetsuya Yamagami is said to have a record with the police of having threatened to kill Abe, 67, because he has been dissatisfied with his government.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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