He was very lively among the audience at the Presidential Debate at Tamale on October 30 and chatted animatedly.
It tells everything about the vulnerability of man, that at the time we were going to press last night, former Vice-President Aliu Mahama was fighting for his life at the Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Some overzealous radio station even reported that the former Vice-President had passed away. As it turned out, Alhaji Aliu Mahama was still alive, as we went to press. We hope and pray that Almighty Allah will supervise over his recovery and see him through these times of difficulties.
A gentleman to a fault, Alhaji Ali Mahama has maintained a dignified silence since exiting from the high office of Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana on January 7, 2009, while keeping his links with the New Patriotic Party alive.
Yesterday, doctors were working themselves to frenzy to bring his pressure down and ensure that he was well enough to be flown abroad. In these difficult times, our thoughts are with the wife, Hajia Ramatu, the children and the rest of the family.
These are very difficult moments for the family. We pray that the Almighty Allah grants them the fortitude to withstand the pressure, as they stay vigil by the bedside of the man universally acknowledged for his humility and preparedness to aid his fellow man.
The Chronicle hopes and prays that Alhaji Aliu Mahama would pull through. While we wait on the former Vice-President to pull though, we take this opportunity to express the appreciation of the Ghanaian society to the sitting President, John Dramani Mahama, who has closely followed the progress of the former Vice-President in hospital.
We are particularly pleased by the President's directive to the hospital authorities to do whatever is humanly possible to revive the health of the former Vice-President. The President's concern sends a powerful message out there that in modern day politics, we are each others' keeper, and that animosity has no room in the political discourse.
We are hopeful that both the Muslim and Christian communities would offer prayers for the recovery of the man, who partnered ex-President Kufuor to bring a human face to the conduct of politics in the country.
On behalf of our numerous readers, we wish Alhaji Aliu Mahama a speedy recovery. We invite Almighty Allah to keep watch over him.