Thank you, Mr Speaker for allowing me to contribute to this Statement ably made by my good Friend from Wa East.
Mr Speaker, Maulvi Wahab Adam was personally known to me. Indeed, he is one
religious leader I revered so much. He was a religious leader par excellence; he was down to earth and very approachable.
His religious duties took him to Techiman, a major town in the Brong- Ahafo Region. The way he conducted himself made his religion admirable to a lot of people. It is therefore not surprising that when you go to Techiman and areas around, the Ahmadiyya Mission is now a dominant religion.
His duties culminated in the establishment of the Ahamdiyya Hospital in Techiman which is a major health facility for the people in that area.
Mr Speaker, not only that; he led a lot of developmental projects in the region and one which I also recall is the establishment of the Ahmadiyya Hospital at Mim, which also serves as a major health facility in that area.
His influence on the people, especially the way he conducted himself at public functions, was so admirable that people wanted to emulate him. In fact, I am one of the people who learnt a lot from him.
Anytime he handled national issues, he did so with humility, hard work and respect for human beings. I recall that as a Member of the National Peace Council, he tried with his other colleagues to build consensus on national issues and also to promote peace and justice in Ghana.
As a Member of the National Recon- ciliation Committee (NRC), he tried as much as possible to heal the wounds of past mistakes which were committed by past State officials.
Mr Speaker, as a Member of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), he never sat down quietly on national issues but always expressed his ideas.
Today, if he is no more, he is going to be remembered as a strong religious leader and a Statesman who really fought for peace in Ghana.
Mr Speaker, I would want to entreat your goodself and the House to as much as possible, perhaps even after this tribute and maybe after sitting today, to move to his area and sign the Book of Condolence to express how deeply we miss this great son of Ghana and Africa.
Mr Speaker, on this note, I would want to congratulate the maker of this Statement and say that even in his death, we remember him, and may his soul rest in perfect peace.
Maj. (Dr) (Alh) Mustapha Ahmed (retd) (NDC-- Ayawaso North): Thank you, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity to contribute to this tribute.
Mr Speaker, Maulvi Wahab Adam's commitment to peace and development in the country is unquestionable. Mr Speaker, I had the privilege to sit with him to discuss matters about Ghana. Recently, at the National Convention of the Ahmadiyya Mission which occurred at Winneba, I had the privilege to sit close to him and most of his concerns were about development and leadership, particularly for the youth of today.
Indeed, his demeanour depicted a man who loved peace. I would say Maulvi Wahab was an epitome of peace and indeed humility. His humility was unparalleled. He would be remembered for these qualities and many more as has been espoused in the Statement that was made, and in the contribution of the Hon Deputy Minority Whip.
Mr Speaker, I wish to join Hon Members of this august House in expressing my deep felt condolence to the family and the entire membership of the Ahmadiyya Moslem Mission in Ghana and indeed, the whole world.
I understand his final funeral rites and burial would be performed tomorrow, and the fore court of the State House is the venue for the pre-burial funeral rites. I would wish to invite all Hon Members to join his family and indeed, the entire nation in giving him a befitting farewell ceremony.
Mr Speaker, on this note, I thank you for the opportunity to contribute on the Statement.