“When this news first came out, I wasn’t in Accra; I was out of the country. Immediately I heard it, I called you,” the President told Mr Rawlings, saying he was there to express his condolence to him and his family.
“I don’t know what it is, but the loss of mothers is different from the loss of fathers. When my mother died, I was the Foreign Minister of Ghana, but I cried like a little baby. It didn’t happen when my father died. So I know exactly how you are feeling. I believe the government delegation has already been here to visit you, but I wanted to come personally,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The former President’s mother, Madam Victoria Agbotui, died last week at the age of 101.
Sources close to the Rawlings family said Madam Agbotui had been unwell for some time.
The one-time head of the catering department at the presidency during Rawlings’ era celebrated her 101st birthday on September 9.
The native of Dzelukope, near Keta in the Volta Region, marked the milestone in the company of Mr Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings.
She had been firmly behind her son in all aspects of his life, including his political career.
Madam Agbotui first appeared in the political scene when her son staged a coup in 1979.