9th June 2017, Ghana mourns yet another gallant citizen, who died in the course of duty. The nation is grieving as a result of the termination of the exuberant and useful life of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama. The nation on Monday, the 29th of May woke up to a horrible and tragic story. A serving military officer then Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama, working to protect the lives of citizens was lynched by the same people he was assigned to protect at Denkyira Obuase. The nation has been left terrified, traumatised and sad as innocent blood has been shed. A promising and fruitful life has been wasted through instant justice. Two different accounts of the untimely and unnecessary death have been put in the public domain. That is he was mistaken for an armed robber and secondly, it was a calculated attempt by the people of Denkyira Obuase to take his life as Major Mahama was seen as a thorn in their flesh, because he thwarted their galamsey operations.
Whichever is true, the act is condemnable, unacceptable, inhumane, cruel, barbaric and wicked. This is what well-meaning Ghanaians have all agreed, on the death of the exceptional Ghanaian soldier. He has been described as loving, hardworking, disciplined and forward-looking. He passed his examinations to the rank of Captain at one sitting as against three or four sittings by most candidates. He had already passed his physical and written promotion examination to the rank of Major and was waiting to complete serving his four years as a captain before being promoted. He was so ambitious and intelligent that he gained admission to the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Cape Coast, the same year, while at the same time, had an offer to be trained as an army officer. He chose the military with the advice and guidance of his parents. He was the best marksman of his graduation group and served in the army and Ghana, for that matter, with distinction until his untimely death.
By dint of hard work he was due to obtain his second Masters degree in criminology from the University of Leister in the United Kingdom. His ultimate goal in the next five years was to enter into full time university lecturing. Yes he had fascinating dreams which were unfulfilled. Major Mahama got married to Barbara in August 2012 and the couple was blessed with two children. He was peace loving and according to his father often-preferred dialogue in addressing situations. The monument to be erected in his honour as promised by the Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, will forever tell it to the hills the trees, and generations yet unborn that his life was stolen away in broad day light, though he shouted that he was innocent and a soldier.
A real and fantastic soldier who died still holding his weapon. Above all he was a caring and loving soldier who was lynched but did not use his weapon to destroy his assailants. Major Mahama you have paid your dues, if humanity did not recognise your good works, never mind, the Good Lord saw all your deeds, your humility, faithfulness, your greatest desire to serve God and country. He will reward you. For it is said that “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on” “Yea,” saith the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow them.”
Rest in perfect peace, Major Maxwell Adam Mahama.
BY NANA SIFA TWUM, MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT – LONDON- UK.