Sunday , 29 January 2023

Gospel Music should be played at my funeral – Lopowura’s last wish

Former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Lepowura Alhaji Mohammed Nuru-Deen Jawula who until his demise late last week also stood for religious tolerance, wishes Gospel Music is played at his funeral in addition to other rites.

The sub-chief of the Kpembi Traditional Area, who is a devout Muslim, was always championing religious tolerance in the interest of development and as a result abhorred the acrimony among different religious sects.

Sports Journalist with Multimedia Group Limited, Nathaniel Attoh who revealed the wish of the former football administrator while eulogizing him, said “about 2 years ago, I learnt two new things about the distinguished Lepowura M.N.D. Jawula who has now passed on to glory.  He pioneered probably the biggest inter-religious WhatsApp platform of Muslims and Christians. He asked that gospel music be played in addition to all rites that will be performed at his funeral. We thank God for giving him to our dear nation Ghana. We are grateful for all experiences with him on all fronts. May Allah purge him of earthly shortcomings and receive him well”

Alhaji Jawula also served as the Chief Director of the Ministry of Finance as well as Chief Director of Defunct Ministry of Railways, Ports and Harbours at a stage in his illustrious public career, died in the United States where he was on admission receiving treatment.

The late sports enthusiast was the GFA Chairman between 1997 and 2001.

It was under his watch that the Black Starlets lifted the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1995.

Meanwhile, several tributes including tributes have been pouring in for the late Lepowura of the Kujolobito Gate of Lepo-Kpembe in the Northern Region.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) described him as a long-standing and staunch member adding that, he was shortlisted for the running mate of the party ahead of the 2008 General Elections, at which time, he expressed his readiness to relinquish his traditional authority in order to serve the NPP and the Republic in that capacity.

The statement signed by General Secretary Justin Frimpong Kodua added that the late traditional ruler of the Kpembe Traditional area in the Savanna Region also proved himself a distinguished Statesman, having served in the Civil and Public Services for over thirty years.

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