Bawumia grateful to Ghanaians

BY: Seth J. Bokpe
Vice-President Bawumia addressing congregants at the Central Mosque
Vice-President Bawumia addressing congregants at the Central Mosque

Vice-President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has expressed appreciation to Ghanaians for their prayers and show of support while he was in London on medical leave.

“I’m very grateful to Ghanaians from all walks of life and religion for the prayers they said on my behalf when I took a medical leave. I’m so thankful and grateful for their prayers and I’m happy that I have come back, Insha Allah, ready to continue working. You heard that I fell sick, but by the grace of Allah I’m now well. As a result, we need to thank Allah for His mercies because he is the healer. When Allah gives you good health, you must thank him. That is why I am here to pray with the congregation and thank Him accordingly for the mercies bestowed on me,” he said.

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Addressing congregants at the Central Mosque at Abossey Okai in Accra where he had gone for thanksgiving prayers, Dr Bawumia observed that good heath was better than riches and that “when you go around, you take your health for granted, but it is when you don’t feel well that you would appreciate what God has actually given you.”

The vice-president joined hundreds of Muslims to observe the Friday prayer session which was led by the National Chief Imam Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu.

He returned to Ghana on Thursday after 12 days on medical leave in the United Kingdom.

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Hundreds of worshipers and party faithful mobbed the vice-president who was under heavy security as he walked out of the mosque.

Wearing a white agbada with a stripped brown and blue cap, he stepped out of the mosque flashing his usual smiles and waving back at the crowd.

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He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Samira Bawumia, family members and some party faithful who were also decked in white.

He shook a few hands while listening to words of encouragement from others.

As the convoy meandered out of the mosque, a group of women broke into song in Hausa, singing what loosely translates “Bawumia, don’t mind them, they don’t know what they are doing,” in apparent reference to perceived detractors of the vice-president.

Outside the walls of the mosque, almost 50 motorbikes, with white scarfs tied to the back, had lined up and followed the convoy as they drove through the thick human traffic after the Friday prayers.