Source:savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly:
His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akudo-Addo has paid profound tribute to the late Vice President of the Ghana, Alhaji Aliu Mahama for his outstanding contribution towards the development of the nation.
Mr. Akufo-Addo Abudani made the tribute at the 62nd National Independence Day celebration held at the Aliu Mahama Sports stadium, Wednesday.
The longest serving Veep who was called to glory on November 16, 2012 in Accra, was very instrumental and contributed immensely for the construction of the Tamale Sports stadium (Aliu Mahama Stadium), the venue of the 62nd National Independence Day celebration.
The philanthropist Veep did not only touches the lives of many people with his generosity but also a symbol of the northern light and a true compatriot.
“It is with much joy and pride that I join you to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of our nation’s independence at this stadium, named, appropriately, after one of the outstanding figures of the 4th Republic and a native of this city, the late Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, who left us so prematurely, and whose dignified widow, Hajia Ramatu Mahama, is with us here. We continue to honour his memory”. The President stated in his open speech
“I extend hearty congratulations to all Ghanaians from the vibrant and dynamic city of Tamale, capital of the Northern Region. This is the day we justifiably celebrate the collective energies and sacrifices of our forebears that led to that joyous night, when our historic first leader, Kwame Nkrumah, uttered the immemorial words “Ghana, your beloved country, is free forever”. We will defend that freedom with the last drop of our blood, as we remain dedicated to its preservation”. He added
The wife of the late Vice President, H.E Hajia Rahamatu Aliu Mahama Egala was all of smiles with gratification and lively memories as the President Akufo-Addo Abudnai pays profound tribute to her late husband at the Independence parade.
The 20 thousand sitter sport stadium was full to capacity as many have to stand throughout the 6 hours parade to get a feel of the independence celebrations.
Dignitaries across the world who witness this historic moment in Tamale, were overwhelmingly happy with the euphoria and colourful rich cultural diversity of the people of the Northern Region.