PAP salutes former and late President BETHEL N. AMADI

 

 

The giant tree of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Honourable Bethel Nnaemeka AMADI of Nigeria who passed on last month after a long battle with cancer, was hailed as the beacon of selflessness.

Hon. Amadi’s successor, the current PAP President; Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG had earlier said, “under Amadi’s diligent leadership, the PAP grew to be recognized as a critical pillar of the African Union (AU) architecture. President Amadi has made an indelible mark on who we are today as a continental Parliament and we will keep his legacy of great service and outstanding stewardship alive and well.”

A memorial service in honour of his life and contribution to the PAP by the staff of the Secretariat and Members of Parliament was officiated by the Acting Clerk of Parliament Mr. Yusupha JOBE on Friday 8 March 2019, with the support of the Clergy of the Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg.

Mr. Jobe described President Amadi as a unifier, brave man and hard worker, disciplined, but humble leader and servant of the people; features which later earned him an Ambassadorial status.

Various speakers, still struggling to come to terms with the passing of the former PAP President said Africa had lost the embodiment of bounteousness.

The First Vice-President of PAP, Hon. Julius Stephen MASELE told mourners that President Amadi had inspired him to become a real and fearless intellectual revolutionary at a tender age when he joined the PAP. 

“My first encounter with him was when he invited me to his office. Hon. Amadi encouraged me to contest for the position of PAP Vice-President despite my hesitance due to my young age at the time,” said Hon. Masele.

The Secretariat Staff hail him for his active participation in the validation of the AU legal instruments, review of the PAP protocol, establishment of the Youth Council, among others.  

Underlining his strength as a man of “open door policy,” Dr. Ndidi ABANNO, Senior Committees Clerk said “he appreciated everyone and treated all of us equally. He was a leader par-excellence. The continent lost a bright light who also believed in women empowerment and inclusion within the PAP structures and beyond.”

Scores of Pan-Africanists continue to sign the condolence register at the Continental Parliament in Midrand, South Africa while the Parliament flags continue to fly at half-mast for the duration of the mourning period.

Set to be buried in his home village in Nigeria next month, Hon. Amadi is survived by his wife and children. May his soul and those departed rest in peace!