Massive love for Dr. Bawumia as thousands throng Walewale for mum’s funeral

There was an outpour of love by Ghanaians from all walks of life as they trooped to the North-East town of Walewale to mourn with Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and his family.

Hajia Mariama Bawumia, Dr. Bawumia’s mother, passed away last month, precisely on Monday, September 13, and her final Islamic funeral was held in Walewale on Sunday.

Thousands of mourners stormed the town last month for her burial, but the spectacle on Sunday during her funeral was extraordinary and amazing.

It was a gathering of who is who among the political, traditional, business and religious class.

These high-profile personalities, together with thousands of well wishers from all over the country, turned up to show their love and respect to the Vice President.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and First Lady Rebecca were present while the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, led a powerful government delegation of a number of ministers and government appointees.

A number of members of Parliament (MPs), both from the Majority and Minority side, were present and so were heads of security agencies, political party leaders, CEOs, and several NPP activists and groups, which showed open love to the Vice President.

On the traditional front, the Nayiri, who is the Overlord of Mamprugu and the Chief mourner, was present and so were several paramount chiefs from various traditional authorities across the country.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, was represented by a powerful delegation led by Nana Nkasah Boadu, Agric Nzemahene of Asanteman, who displayed rich Asante culture in his palanquin.

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The religious front was also heavily represented with leading clergy of pastors and Imams from all over the country.

Members of the Diplomatic Corp were not left out, and ambassadors who showed up included the United States Ambassador H.E. Stephanie S. Sullivan.

The Islamic funeral was officiated by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, and supported by several local and visiting scholars.

Tributes were read in honour of Hajia Mariama Bawumla, including glowing ones by the Nayiri and the Asantehene.

A touching tribute by the five sons of Hajia Mariama was read by the youngest, Yakubu Bawumia.

He was flanked by his brothers including the Vice President.

It is estimated that over 40,000 people from across the country thronged Walewale to mourn with Dr. Bawumia in Walewale between Friday and Sunday, leading to hotels in Tamale, Walewale and Bolga being booked fully.