The president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has announced that the former Black Stars player who died in the Turkey earthquake will receive a dignified burial.
The news of Atsu’s passing, according to the President, has deeply affected the nation.
President Akufo-Addo made the remarks when the family of Christian Atsu paid him a visit at the Jubilee House on Monday, February 27, 2023, to officially inform him of the former Black Stars player’s death.
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Officials from the Ghana Football Association, led by Kurt Okraku, its president, were present at the meeting.
“Our responsibility is to give you enough support that you need. It can never erase the loss of this brilliant man. I want the Chief of Staff…to make sure that we organise a state-assisted funeral for Christian Atsu depending on the date the family and GFA will select. Everything will be done from the point of view of the government to make sure he gets a dignified exit. That is my duty and responsibility as a president to make sure that happens,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The president also urged the Atsu’s family to fast-track the burial process.
“I don’t know what your plans are, but I think that the sooner we get this unfortunate episode behind us the better for all of us…With that said, the decision as to when the funeral will take place is still up to the family as our customs demand”.
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“So, I have asked the chief of staff who unfortunately is outside Accra today, to make sure that we organize a state-assisted funeral for Christian Atsu, depending on the date that you the members of the family and GFA will select” Akufo-Addo added.
He offered the football community and his family his heartfelt condolences and sympathy of the entire country, describing his passing as a tragedy for his family, his community, and the country.