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I am greatly shocked by the assassination of Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe – John Dramani Mahama

Former president of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has joined millions of people pouring in tributes for assassinated Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

Former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama

John Mahama via a Facebook post narrated how he rekindled the relationship between Ghana and Japan whiles he was in office.

“I am greatly shocked by the assassination of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His legacy will be remembered fondly by Ghana, Africa and the world at large for a long time to come.

As President of Ghana, through my side meetings with him at international conferences and two official visits to Japan, I found him to be a leader passionate about opening up Japan’s role on the world stage, inclusive of expanding Japan-Africa relations.

John Dramani Mahama and Shinzo Abe

I recall our last meeting in May of 2016, which led to the official publication of the restoration of the Yen loan portfolio to Ghana and the announcement of Japan’s commitment to assist Ghana with a number of important new and ongoing projects. These included the Tema motorway interchange project, expansion of the Sekondi fishing harbour, expansion and upgrade of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research into an Advanced Research Centre for Infectious diseases, and the construction of a new bridge over the Southern Volta river at Volivo, among others.

At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family and the Japanese people in the wake of this senseless crime.” He posted.

Abe was shot at twice while he was giving a speech on a street in the city of Nara on Friday morning.

Shinzo Abe was a Japanese politician who served as prime minister of Japan and President of the Liberal Democratic Party from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020. He was the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history.

Source: Fredrick Kofi Deladem Dro (Talking GH)

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