President Mahama joins hundreds to mourn murdered MP

The Late Joseph Boakye Danquah
The Late Joseph Boakye Danquah

President John Dramani Mahama joined hundreds of mourners at the forecourt of the State House for the burial service of the late Joseph Boakye-Danquah Adu, Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North.

The solemn occasion was also attended by Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Doe Adjaho and the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Wood.

Other important dignitaries at the function include former President Jerry John Rawlings, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, the Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah and Members of Parliament.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, Presidential Nominee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and his Vice Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as well as representatives of the other political parties were also at the burial service.

The late Joseph Boakye-Danquah Adu was allegedly murdered on Tuesday February 5, 2016 at his home in East Legon by a 19-year-old man who is currently facing trial for robbery and murder.

President Mahama and Vice President Amissah-Arthur joined hundreds of mourners to file past the body of the late Joseph Boakye-Danquah Adu to pay their last respects.

The burial service also attracted hundreds of NPP supporters from across the country.

Tributes were read from the family, widow, children, siblings, the NPP and Parliament.

Mr Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, who read the tribute for government, described the late Joseph Boakye-Danquah Adu as a gentleman, noble and selfless person who did his politics with a lot of civility.

Reverend Canon John Antonio Nelson, delivering his sermon, urged politicians to be selfless in their service to the people.

He also charged politicians to put their trust and hope in the living God rather rely on their own abilities.

He said God is sovereign and can do anything according to his will adding that God has a reason for allowing certain things to happen to us.

Rev Canon Nelson also comforted the wife of the late MP Abuakwa North, Mrs Ivy Adu to be patient, saying God is in control and that Jehovah is the husband of widows.

The late Joseph Boakye-Danquah Adu (JB) was born on 2nd July, 1965 to Mr Frank Brako Adu and Beatrice Asamoaa Akyeampong.

He lost his mother due to complications of childbirth, when JB was only six weeks old.

And being too young to be cared for by the widowed father, JB was sent to his grandmother who raised him at Tafo, where he attended Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana International School at New Tafo.

JB was the pride of his grandmother and he quickly become known as “Kofi Tafo” to his relatives in Tafo.

When JB was nine years old, he relocated to Accra where he joined his father and two brothers, Frank and George, at the Airport Residential Area.

JB attended Englebert School in Airport, then moved to Garrison School at Burma Camp before heading to PRESEC in 1977.

After graduating from PRESEC in 1984, JB enrolled at the University of Ghana, Legon where he pursued a course in Accounting.

He also a Chartered Accountant and spent many years in London working in the hospitality industry and building business relationships.

When his father died in 1996, JB decided to relocate to Ghana and convinced a few of his Indian friends to establish a factory here.

This is how Automotive Springs, a leader in manufacturing and supplying specialized car parts across Ghana and Africa, was born.

Source: GNA

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