The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, has announced the setting up of a fund, with an initial capital of GH¢100,000, for the upkeep of the family of the late Adams Mahama, the former NPP Upper East chairman.
Nana Akufo-Addo made this known when he paid tribute to the late NPP Chairman at the Adua held at Jubilee Park in Bolgatanga on Sunday, June 7, 2015.
According to the NPP flagbearer, “in addition to the amount of GH¢43,000 that has been donated by the party to the family and widow, and the GH¢90,000 that the Regional Chairmen have setup as a foundation for them, it is my responsibility to ensure that the party fund, as already promised, is established to take care of the education of the children and the maintenance of the widow. The initial capital is GH¢100,000. Additional contributions from sympathisers and well-wishers are, of course, welcome.”
Ever since the death of Adams Mahama, there have been uncountable testimonies about his generosity and how he went out of his way to care for the poor, the needy, the infirm and the old and destitute.
These deeds, Nana Akufo-Addo said, would surely grant him a place among the elect of God in Jannah.
“The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be unto him) is reported to have said that ‘the one who looks after a widow or a poor person is like a mujahid who fights for Allah’s cause or like him who performs prayers all night and fasts all the day’,” Nana Addo noted.
He continued, “We should therefore think of the admonition of Allah and accept that Adams is now resting at a better and hallowed place. It is about men like Adams that it is written: ‘Allah has prepared for them gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein; that is the supreme felicity’(Q: 9:89).”
Akufo-Addo urges self-restraint
Though many party faithful have still not been able to come to terms with the tragic loss of Adams Mahama, Nana Akufo-Addo has urged members of the NPP to exercise self-restraint, adding that “I plead with you that, in all we do, we treat the memory of Adams with dignity and reverence.”
He urged all NPP members to wait patiently for the police to do their work.
“So far, it appears they are doing a good job, and we expect them to continue to do so and not to be influenced in any way by political pressure of any sort. We take on board the reassurance given us by the Minister for the Interior that the President of the Republic continues to insist that justice will be done to Adams. But, I will state again what I said on May 29, 2015: we shall not be satisfied with anything less than the arrest and successful prosecution of the killers of Chairman Adams. There should be no ifs and buts,” he said, to massive applause from the gathering.
Nana Akufo-Addo made a heartfelt appeal to the gathering, and to Ghanaians at large, to recognize and accept that violence cannot and should not be the manner of resolving political disputes in our country.
“What is more, my friends, the concept of an eye for an eye in dealing with wrongs, will leave all of us blind. Let us be consoled by the fact that Adams has found peace with Allah and let his legacy be one of peace in our community, in our party and in our country,” he stressed.
Win election 2016 for Adams Mahama
Nana Akufo-Addo also urged the NPP to go all out and win the 2016 general elections and make sure that Adams Mahama did not die in vain.
He noted that Adams Mahama was convinced that the NPP will capture power in 2016 in order to improve the lives of the people of Ghana.
“The way in which we will not let his death be in vain is to rededicate ourselves to the struggle ahead, that is the struggle to redeem our country and return her to the path of progress and prosperity. When we have done this and put the smiles back on the faces of all the poor and needy people that Adams took care of, only then would we have truly “avenged” his death,” he added.
Prayer for Accra flood victims
In concluding, Nana Akufo-Addo asked for prayers “for the victims of the horrendous tragedy that occurred in our capital city of Accra on the Ring Road Central last Wednesday.”
That day, Nana Akufo-Addo said “was, indeed, a dark day in our nation’s history. We beg the Almighty to give their souls peaceful rest, and a speedy recovery to the injured.”