On February 19, 2023 at the Kotoka International Airport, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said that Christian Atsu would have a dignified funeral (KIA).
The earthquake that struck sections of Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023 trapped the former Black Stars winger.
His bones were discovered beneath the wreckage on February 18 after a 12-day search, and they were then shipped to Ghana, where they arrived on Sunday from Istanbul.
At the brief ceremony when his remains were received, Bawumia expressed his sympathies to the family once more and emphasized that Atsu was a deserving son of Ghana who will receive a fitting burial.
“It is a very sad day that we are here to receive the remains of our brother, Christian Atsu. The earthquake that struck Turkey was devastating, and we prayed every day that passed for our brother to be found but when he was found, he was no more,” he said.“He was much loved and we will surely miss him. It is a very painful loss, and we pray that the soul of our brother rests in the bosom of our maker,” he added.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the entire family for their loss and I would like to say that the State will be fully involved with the family in providing him a befitting burial,” Bawumia declared.