Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has spoken through his grief over the loss of his younger brother, saying death has further given him perspective on how life is nothing but vanity.
At the funeral of the late Luke Bagbin, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer aspirant said the only thing man can do that death cannot win over is love, admonishing that human beings love one another.
“I have seen the deaths of too many good people to be proud, people that I lived and associated with, just gone forever. President Mills, Vice President Aliu Mahama, JH Mensah, and just recently, Vice President Amissah-Arthur , Kofi Annan, Mr. VRACC Crabbe, and now my own brother.
“When you remember that all these great people have gone ahead of you, then it is a reminder that you will also go home someday. When you do, what memory will be left of you? Only the love you showed towards your fellow man is what will keep you in the hearts and minds of others,” Hon. Bagbin said.
The Nadowli Kaleo MP therefore called for love among all peoples saying that it is important that people forgive one another.
He had spoken those sobering words at his hometown, Sombo, specifically, at the Sombo RC Primary School, where he had held the funeral of his younger brother, Luke Bagbin. The younger Bagbin had died after a period of illness.
The funeral itself had been an affair as the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament’s social standing attracted the crème de la crème of Ghana to the small town of Sombo.
Among the movers and shakers were Parliamentarians and members of the Parliamentary service staff, former Ministers, members of the clergy and leading members of the NDC, including Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the NDC ‘s Director of elections and National Chairman aspirant.
With all hotels and guest houses booked because of the funeral, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament was constrained to accommodate some mourners in his own family house.
On the matter of life being nothing but vanity, Hon. Bagbin said it was so indeed and therefore, to put into motion his own advise for people to forgive one another, he has taken the lead to forgive all those who have wronged him.
“Because of politics, people who are young enough to be my children have insulted me from within our own party, but I have forgiven all of them.”
He said that just a few weeks before Vice President Amissah-Arthur died, he had arranged meeting with him. “His sudden passing really jolted me, it was like a reminder that you can go at anytime.
“Similarly, the death of Mr. Kofi Annan shook me up because I had just asked him to be a member of the Board of Trustees of “Thank you teacher” foundation that I had set up and he had agreed to my proposal,” Hon. Bagbin said.
The brilliant second deputy speaker of parliament thanked all for the success of the funeral and urged Ghanaians to allow the love of neighbour to govern their lives.