Accra, Nov. 16, GNA – A massive crowd gathered at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Friday morning when the news of the death of the former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama was announced.
Government officials, leaders of the New Patriotic Party, family members as well as many ordinary Ghanaians all came around to verify the information and pay their respects.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Henry Martey Newman, the Chief of Staff, said the former Vice President deserved to be recognized and given a befitting burial.
He said government had declared a state of national mourning for two days for all Ghanaians to mourn the Late Vice President saying he played a major part in our democratic process.
He said when government received the news of his ill health, it was decided to fly him abroad if his situation improved and was in a stable situation, but this morning the news of his sudden death was received.
Mr Martey Newman said the former Vice President was a calm, gentle and focused man, who had the interest of his people at heart adding that it was important for all to recognize and pay respects to such a man who worked wholeheartedly for the nation.
He said after some consultations with the family, he would on Saturday November 17 be given a state burial in Osu, to be preceded by a Muslim prayer service at the forecourt of the Statehouse adding that aircrafts would be arranged for family members to be flown to Accra on morning of the burial.
Alhaji J. J Suleiman, brother of the Vice President Mahama, said the family was still in shock as a result of the loss saying it was a big blow to the family and the nation.
He expressed his gratitude to the government for their support and added that the family would soon meet to discuss his burial details adding that “we have not yet decided where he should be buried, but we would be very happy if he would be buried in Yendi, since all family members were up there in the north and his soul would be at peace if he were buried there”.
Mr Samuel Kwadwo Frimpong, Special Aide to Aliu Mahama, said the Late Vice President was in a good health until they returned from the Presidential Debate, held in Tamale when he complained of ill health.