My presence was a duty Prez to Bawumia and Family

President Akufo-Addo (middle), with Vice-President Dr Bawumia and family members in a photograph at the Jubilee House

The Vice President, Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, and his family have expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for his role in the funeral of the mother of his vice.

Yesterday, a family delegation sent by the Nayiri paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House to say thank you, a gesture President Akufo-Addo described as customary.


Briefly responding to the words of appreciation from the delegation, President Akufo-Addo said the messages were appropriate.

He stated that as Ghanaians, the customs were the same regardless of where one was coming from, describing them as sacred.

“My presence at the funeral was, for me, a duty. The lady was like a mother to us. She treated me impeccably the few times I got to know her at the latter stages of her life. I cannot complain at all about the treatment I received. So, it was important for me to also express my appreciation for the way she was with me and her son,” the President said.

According to the President, he was happy the woman got a burial befitting of her, especially for producing a Vice President for the country.


A Senior Elder of the Overlord of Mamprugu Traditional Area, Mba Tarana John Gumah, led the delegation, which included the Vice President.

In his address, he told the President, after introducing the entourage, that they had come to express the Nayiri’s sincere appreciation to him for making time to join the family for the funeral of the late Hajia Mariama Bawumia.

Mr. John Gumah told the President that his presence made the funeral unique, showing that he had “great concern and committed to Mamprugu and to the Vice President. You were mourning with him at the time he was mourning, so you had time to come [to the funeral]. ”

Going back to the olden days, the leader of the delegation said that they had to journey in person to see if the President arrived safely.

He explained that when there was no technological means of communication in the days past, people had to be sent to see if guests arrived home peacefully.

“So, we are here, as tradition and custom demand, first of all to see that you arrived, and to thank you so much… and the Nayiri is very grateful,” he stated.

The mother of the Vice President kicked the bucket on Monday, September 13, 2021, and the final funeral rites took place on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Walewale.


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