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Live: John Mahama lays wreath on behalf of bereaved family

June 9, 2017 11:29 AM
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Live: John Mahama lays wreath on behalf of bereaved family

(c). At least 43 suspects are currently standing trial in connection with the murder.

(d). Hundreds of mourners including military personnel have lined the streets from the Flagstaff House to Parliament House to pay their last respect to the fallen hero.

(e). Major Mahama left behind his wife Barbara Mahama and two sons, Jaden and Jerry.

11:45am The first part of the funeral service for the lynched Major, Maxwell Adam Mahama has ended with a prayer from archbishop Palmer-Buckle calling for national healing in a prayer greeted with potent 'amens' and yet many more tears.

11:20am: Governement of Ghana represented by Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia lays a wreath. The Army follows with its wreath for the 31-year old soldier. Former President Mahama lays a wreath for the family. Some suprised mourners clap; 'daddy oo daddy'.

Finally, Barbara, the wife, takes a walk of pain much different from the walk down the aisle, to lay her wreath. She spends a moment of grief at the decorated coffin of her husband.

10:59: Offertory lifts the huge gathering off its feet to give an offerring invites a moment of organised chaos at the funeral as mourners move around to find a place to put in an offerring.

10:50: Bishop Dag prays for the nation, binds the 'spirit of bloodshed' and asks for wisdom for Ghana's leaders urging God to keep people out of the new dangers in recent times.

10:50am: Founder of the Lighthouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills gave a sermon to remind the gathering that 'all dead people are alive'. He says a man's soul must choose heaven and hell and urges the attentive mourners to consider thier new address in 50 years time.

9:35am: His father, a retired amry officer cannot read his tribute any longer - less than a minute after he starts. He breaks down and another family member takes over.

9:35am: Mother of Major Mahama has read a tribute that has drawn fresh and free tears from a crowd as well as fresh anger for justice for the lynched army officer.

9:15am Biography of the late Adam Mahama born November 1985 is being read. Check main page for biography.

9:10am : An army of ministers have camped under three tents at the Army Major' funeral while military officers swarm the premises. Of course the state house has become a mini-media hub with presenters, photojournalists jostling for space in the center of merciless sunshine.

A state burial to lay to perpetual rest slain soldier Major Maxwell Adam Mahama is underway at the State House in Accra.

The funeral is expected to be attended by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and senior government officials. Also the religious community as well as other Ghanaians are expected to attend.

Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was murdered at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region while on national assignment, the military hierarchy has said.

He was lynched in a case of mistaken identity after residents found a weapon on him. His death has roundly been condemned by Ghanaians.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged his government’s commitment to bring the perpetrators to face the law.

The President promoted the soldier posthumously from Captain to Major following a recommendation by the military hierarchy on Tuesday.

“He has become a big national hero,” President Akufo-Addo said of the soldier who was killed at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.

The deceased wife, Barbara Mahama did not regret the brief stay of the Major thanking him for sharing his life with her.

In an emotionally filled tribute, Barbara said: “you wanted us to enjoy life and be happy.”

“I love you and I always told you. I always reminded you of what you mean to me. You meant the world to me, my everything.”

Videos and pictures depicting the horror-struck hour Major Mahama was murdered circulated on social media especially on Facebook hours several hours after the tragedy.

But marshalling the strength of Esther in the Bible, Barbara said although her husband had passed on she is happy he left fond memories behind.

“When I think about you, I only smile because you are more than a piece of flesh circulating on social media. You were full of life, energy, and vigour so I choose to remember you in that sense.”

The family of the late Major had made only one request of government, to erect a monument in the name of the slain soldier.

They want the name of the soldier to continue to convict the conscience of Ghanaians to reject mob injustice which is responsible for the death of scores of Ghanaians.

The hour President Akufo-Addo announced the promotion of then Captain Mahama, he said Cabinet has given the approval for a monument to be named after the soldier.

Major Mahama was not known by many Ghanaians but his death has served as a bridge through which many people have come to share in his life’s story.

A caring husband and daddy joked about poverty being a disease since it restricts the ambition of people.

Major Mahama’s funeral is expected to attract hundreds of mourners including senior government officials, the religious community and Ghanaians.

Also read: ‘I cannot afford to fail Ghanaians’- President

Source: myjoyonline.com

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