19 November 2012

Ghana: Political Leaders Eulogize the Crusader for a Disciplined Society

Political leaders from all sides of the political divide paid glowing tributes and eulogised the longest serving Vice President of Ghana, who passed away last Friday.

The former Vice President has been widely acknowledged as the man who spearheaded the crusade to purge the Ghanaian society of indiscipline, while serving as vice President in the erstwhile Kufour administration.

Aliu Mahama's death has marked yet another unifying moment in the history of the country's body politics, as all political activities were suspended by the political parties to bid the former veep a befitting farewell.

On Saturday, both functionaries of the ruling National Democratic Congress and the opposition New Patriotic Party thronged the residence of the fallen veep, to mourn with the family.

Former President Kufour, in whose tenure Aliu was vice President, visited the residence to offer his condolence to the bereaved family and widow. He expressed his deepest condolence to the wife and family of the fallen Veep, Hajia Ramatu, and paid glowing tribute to honour his former vice.

Addressing the press later, Mr. Kufour described Alhaji Aliu as a fine gentleman and a good man who dedicated his life to the service of his people. He had earlier signed the book of condolence.

Other prominent personalities who also visited the late Vice President's residence to console the family and to sign the book of condolence included Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Vice Presidential Candidate of the Convention People's Party and Mrs. Eva Lokko, Vice Presidential Candidate of the Progressive People's Party.

Others included, Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Accra, I. C. Quaye, Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Central, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, Chairman of National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Hudu Yahaya, a national Vice Chairman of the NDC and Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive and President of the National House of Chiefs also mourned with the bereaved family. Earlier, the leadership of the NPP suspended all party activities to mourn the fallen Former Veep.

"The party leadership, therefore, wishes to announce that all campaign activities, from the National to the constituency level have been suspended with immediate effect and will resume after the burial of the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama," a statement from the party noted.

According to the party, "The late former Vice president of the Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Alui Mahama distinguished himself as a two-term Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, from 2001 to 2008.

"He singularly held up the party's fortunes throughout the country and was well loved by the NPP faithful and his nation".

At the independence square yesterday, the state held a befitting burial service for him, before he was airlifted for internment in Tamale.

Former presidents John Agyekum Kufour and President Rawlings paid glowing tributes in honour of the late Veep.

President John Maham and the leader of the opposition NPP, also took turns to pay their tribute to Aliu Mahama.

The atmosphere at the burial service was solemn and depicted yet another moment in Ghana's cultural setting, where all, irrespective of political or religious affiliations would come together as one to bid the deceased well.

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