Final Funeral Rites for Aliu Held

From Left: Sheik Damba, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey at yesterday’s service in Tamale

The final Islamic Prayers (Adua) in commemoration of the death of Former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama was yesterday held at his private residence at Kalpohin Estates in Tamale, the Northern regional capital.

The prayers, which also signify the final funeral rites of the late former vice president, was attended by persons from all walks of life including high-profile dignitaries who could not make to Tamale during Aliu’s interment.

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur led a government delegation while vice presidential candidate of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, led the NPP team.

A special delegation from the Nigeria government, led by Ambassador Sam, was also in Tamale to sympathize with the bereaved family.

The Chief Imam of Tamale, Sheik Ahmed Abdul-Salam, who led the intercessory prayers, appealed to Moslems to emulate the life of the late Alhaji Aliu whom he described as selfless, dedicated, devoted and a patriot.

He used the occasion to call for peace ahead of elections, appealing to various players in the electoral processes to be free and fair and not allow their personal interests to override that of the populace.

Mr Amissah-Arthur said Alhaji Aliu Mahama’s death was a great loss to the state.

He appealed to the bereaved family to take solace in the Lord as He had a reason for calling him after serving his people well.

A prayer session was simultaneously held in Yendi, his hometown, by kinsmen to enable relations from surrounding communities to attend and offer their last prayers for the peaceful repose of the former statesman.

Former Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, on behalf of Aliu Mahama’s family, thanked all mourners for their support.

The mortal remains of Alhaji Aliu Mahama were last Sunday, 18th November 2012 interred at his private residence at the Kalpohin Estates.

Alhaji Aliu Mahama, who served as Ghana’s longest vice president, under President John Agyekum Kufuor, died at the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after being on admission for a while.

There are varying reports regarding the actual cause of his death, with some people claiming he died of a mild stroke.

Residents of the three regions are yet to come to terms with death of Alhaji Aliu Mahama, in view of his meritorious contributions as a statesman and in his personal capacity to the development of the north.

The businessman cum politician will forever be remembered for his role in instilling discipline in northern youth and playing a key role in fostering unity among the various chieftaincy divides in Dagbon.

He played a major role as a board member of Premier League side Real Tamale United (RTU).

 From Stephen Zoure, Tamale