Former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama; who passed away on Friday, 16 November 2012, reportedly, will be flown to his hometown- Tamale, in the Northern Ghana, for final burial today, the family spokespersons had told.
This resolves the speculations that the mortal remains of the former vice-president, will finally, be laid to rest at the Asomdwee Park, in Accra, where former President J.E.A. Mills, was buried.
The final resting abode of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart, according to myjoy news report, was confirmed by the family on Saturday when President John Dramani Mahama, who has suspended his campaign in the Bono Ahafo region, visited the family home of the late Vice President.
Nasiru Mahama, the son of former Vice-President Aliu Mahama, is quoted to have said that the John Mahama National Democratic Congress (NDC)-led Government, has agreed to the family’s plan to bury his father today, Sunday, 18 November 2012 at his private residence in Tamale Kalpohin Estate.
“His Excellency from the morgue at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital will be driven through the principal streets of Accra and finally arrive at the Independence Square where the burial ceremony will take place,” Nasiru Mahama had said.
In the words of Nasiru, Quranic recitation as well as special prayers by the family and friends will be said. The National Chief Imam- Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, will lead the ceremony which begins from 8am to 11am.
The NPP has opened a book of condolence for the general public, at its headquarters, Asylum Down, Accra, in honour of the late Vice President of the Republic. Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey- NPP’s National Chairman- had said in the statement issued and signed by him on behalf of NPP, dated 17 November 2012, that this will offer Party faithful and sympathisers, as well the general public, the opportunity to pay their last respects to the former Vice-President.
The Book of condolence, according to the statement, will also be opened in all regional party offices across the country. The general public was also invited for a candlelight vigil which was held at the Party headquarters, from 8pm on Saturday till Sunday morning, 18 November 2012.
In exclusive interview granted to Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme on Friday, 16 Novemeber, 2012, Former President Kufuor advocated for a special national honour to be bestowed on his former second-in-command, for his tremendous contribution towards Ghana’s development. Nana Akufo-Addo- the NPP’s 2012 presidential candidate has this to say about Alhaji Aliu Mahama:
“It’s a sad day in the history of our country; this is a man who gave a good account of himself in the public service… ‘We have lost an outstanding Ghanaian. A man who has succeeded in his chosen profession as an engineer, a contractor and then migrated from that into full time politics. He was a loyal and dedicated member of the Danquah- Dombo-Busia tradition; he was very quick to do whatever he could to advance the fortunes of our party and advance the welfare of the people of Ghana.”
News reaching JusticeGhana from Ghana confirms that plans are underway to fly the body of the late former Vice-President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, to his birthplace- Tamale, in the Northern Region.