The family of the late Alhaji Bature Iddrisu has said it is “extremely scandalised by the inexorable attempts by some political entrepreneurs to score despicable political points with the sudden death of Alhaji Bature Iddrisu by launching unwarranted scathing attacks on former President John Dramani Mahama”.
An activist of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dela Coffie, on Saturday flayed Mr Mahama and the NDC on social media for going ahead with an already-scheduled Unity Walk of the party in the Brong Ahafo Region instead of calling it off to mourn with the family of the late Editor of the aL-hAJJ newspaper, who was also a staunch supporter of the NDC.
Mr Coffie wrote: “The man he defended with his life, toiled and “died for” is on a self-promotional tour (“unity walk”), amidst fanfare, pomp and pageantry, and without an ounce of respect to the fallen activist?
“Couldn’t the organisers of the so-called unity walk pushed it to a later date in honour of Alhaji’s demise?
“Does the death of Alhaji Bature mean anything to John Mahama? And is the NDC worth dying for?” he questioned in his post.
Responding to the attacks on Mr Mahama, the late editor’s family issued a statement titled: ‘Bature’s Family Sets Records Straight on John Mahama’s Absence at Burial Ceremony’ in which it warned the ex-president’s critics to stop politically feasting on the death of their relative.
“While we acknowledge the inherent rights of any person or group of persons to criticise the former President, we strongly object to crafty attempts to use the death of our late brother as fertile political grounds to sow seeds of political profiteering.
“The contributions of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama; his brother, Mr Ibrahim Mahama and the Mahama family in general, from the day the late Alhaji Bature Iddrisu was admitted at the hospital, to the time of his death and its aftermath, are too great a virtue for the Iddrisu family to gross over. We believe the Mahama family came to the rescue of our late brother at the time he needed them most and the best way to reciprocate is to appreciate their kind gesture.
“We don’t have the authority of the Mahama family to make public their contributions to Alhaji Bature prior to his death, but if there were any creature on earth who took a special interest in the upkeep of him while on admission at the hospital, it was the Mahama family.
“For the records, the former President was in touch with us while in Techiman, and, indeed, joined the Muslim community in Techiman Zongo to observe ‘jannaiza’ prayers prior to the burial of Alhaji Bature. A minute of silence was observed during the Unity Walk in Techiman in memory of the fallen hero. The former President sent an entourage led by Alhaji Collins Dauda and other NDC stalwarts to represent him at the burial ceremony due to his absence as a result of circumstances beyond his control.
“It is awfully shocking that persons who never checked up on Alhaji Bature while on his sick bed and never showed up for his burial rites or called to check up on arrangements are the ones demonising those who singlehandedly stood by him in times of difficulty.
“We are by this statement warning any person or group of persons who want to latch on Alhaji Bature’s death to settle political scores to desist from it immediately.
We have lost a national hero, and the best we can do to preserve his legacy and memory is to pray for his soul to rest in peace,” the statement signed by Amos Blessing Amorse, News Editor The aL-hAJJ newspaper and spokesperson for the Iddrisu family, said.