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09.06.2017 Social News

Ghana will immortalise the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama


Accra, June 9, GNA - Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in a tribute on behalf of Government and people of Ghana for the late Major Maxwell Adam Bawumia described the deceased as a soldier's soldier.

The Vice President said the Government and Ghanaians would immortalise and celebrate the courage of the late soldier and that his death should herald the end of impunity and indiscipline in the country.

He said a soldier was the one who was committed to die so that the nation would live and enjoy peace and tranquillity.

He noted: 'There are names that are given to various categories of special soldiers: 'Seals', 'rangers', 'commandos', and such other epithets as that depict valour, honour, commitment and bravery, and if we were to confer all these titles on you, they would not be enough to describe that which you embody'

He said the late Major Mahama lived the creed of the Ghana Armed Forces to its letter and the late soldier exemplified the inscription on the gate of the Military Academy and Training School which states 'Who pass through that gate commit to defend the Nation on land, in the air, and on the seas, even at the peril of their lives'.

Vice President Bawumia said the late soldier lived the commitment as a religious duty because he was legitimately armed, and could legitimately have shot at his attackers but restrained himself and sought to take his life to protect others.

He said: 'How we explain this to his children that their father died on the hands of fellow Ghanaians while protecting our environment and our future, adding: 'If ever there was a person who did not deserve to die, it was Major Maxwell Adam Mahama'.

He said although the government had announced a package for the maintenance of the late soldier's family, it was not enough compensation for his demise, adding, 'We are truly sorry that your fellow Ghanaians did this to you.

'We shall try within our human capacity to make restitution no matter how inadequate it may be'.

The late Major Maxwel Adam Mahama was born on 1st November, 1985 to Captain Deniis Adam Mahama and Madam Veronica Bamford.

He was commissioned into the Ghana Armed Forces on the 7th September 2007, and by dint of hard work rose through the ranks as a Captain at the time of his demise.

However, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces promoted him posthumously to the rank of a Major with effect from May 29, 2017.

The deceased met his untimely death on Monday, May 29 at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Upper Denkyira District in the Central Region when he was mistaken as armed robber and lynched by a mob while jogging along Diaso,Dominase-Anyanfuri road.

The state honoured him with a state burial and funeral service which was organised at the Forecourt of the State House.

The event attracted high level dignitaries including; former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama and Speaker of Parliament Right Honourable Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, and a cross section of the public.


By Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA