Parliament of Ghana
Parliament yesterday observed a minute silence in memory of the late Ameer and Missionary in-charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, Maulvi Dr. Wahab Adam, after paying glowing tribute to him for his extreme advocacy for peace and unity as well as the peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in the country.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Wa East, Ameen Salifu, who is an Ahmadi, said the late Ameer – who passed away at the weekend and would be buried today – was a member of the National Peace Council (NPC) and committed himself dearly to the cause of peace and unity in the country by engaging in numerous services.
“In his quest to contribute to lasting peace and harmony among various Muslim sects in Ghana, Maulvi Wahab Adam proposed the establishment of Hilal Committee as a platform for discussing issues of common interest among Muslims,” Ameen Salifu said, adding that through the Hilal Committee, the Muslim leadership in the country was able to lobby government to recognise the contributions of Muslims and to make Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha festivals national holidays.
“Mr. Speaker, Maulvi Adam was an unrepentant advocate of peace and believed that without peace, economic, social and political development in the country will be a mirage,” he said stressing that the Ameer served on many boards of institutions where he influenced decisions with his passion and commitment to peace.
He mentioned some of the institutions that the late Ameer served on as the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) where he was the vice chairman; Ghana Conference of Religions for Peace (GCRP) where he served as a former president; Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA); National Media Commission; Centre for Democratic Development (CDD); the Ghana Education Service Council Board and a Member of Trustees of the Otumfuo Education Trust Fund.
The Wa East MP noted that during his stewardship as the head of the Ahmdiyya Mission in Ghana, the mission witnessed rapid expansion in fellowship and development.
According to him, the late Ameer opened a number of schools and hospitals which include, the NJ College of Education in Wa, T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School at Fomena and T.I. Ahmadiyya Girls’ Senior High School at Asokore, all in the Ashanti Region, while his instrumentality ensured that the Mpohor-Wassa-East District had a district hospital at Daboase in the Western Region and another at Techiman in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The Minority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, described the late Maulvi Adam as “a unifier who was extremely religious.”
He said not only was the late Ameer a pragmatic leader, but was also a politically active leader who fought for the cause of the ordinary person in the society.
He noted that the country had lost a true statesman and expressed the hope that someone with similar qualities would be found to replace him as the leader of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Ghana.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Sunyani West, Ignatius Baffour Awuah; NPP MP for Offinso South, Ben Abdallah Banda; NDC MP for Kaleo/Nadowli, Alban Bagbin, NDC MP for Mion, Dr. Alhassan Yakubu and the Majority Leader, Dr. Ben Kunbuor, took turns to pay tributes to the late Ahmadiyya leader in the country.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr