Burial Program for the Former President of the Pan African Parliament Bethel Amadi released as former colleagues eulogize him - AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY NEWS



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Burial Program for the Former President of the Pan African Parliament Bethel Amadi released as former colleagues eulogize him

The burial arrangement for the late and former President of the Pan African Parliament, Hon. Bethel Nnaemeka AMADI has been released by the family.

According to the release, there will be Service of Songs on Monday April 1, 2019 at his residence, No. 4 Abba Rimi Close, Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja by 5 pm.

On Tuesday April 2, 2019, the body will arrive at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja for lying in-state.

On Wednesday April 3 by 4 pm, there will be Sing Song by the Knights of St. Christopher, Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru at Amadi’s compound, Akabo, Ikeduru LGA.

There will be a Night of Tributes on Thursday April 4 by 4 pm at the Ridge Events Centre, Owerri (along Onitsha Road) to be followed by a Service of Songs at Amadi’s compound, Akabo, Ikeduru LGA.

On Friday April 5 by 9 am, he will be Lying-in-state at Amadi’s compound, Akabo to be followed at 11:30 am by Funeral Service at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Amii, Akabo. Interment will follow by 1 pm at his compound, Amii, Akabo.

According to the family, his former friends, associates and parliamentarians who wish to send in condolence messages may send them to: tributetobethel@yahoo.com

In a related development, parliamentarians, former colleagues and friends of Hon. Bethel Amadi have continued to express shock and sadness on the news of his demise.

His Excellency, Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG, the current President of the PAP wrote:  “We accept with profound sorrow that my brother and distinguished former President of our institution has succumbed to the illness he had been battling with a couple of months back. On behalf of members of Parliament, the Bureau and Secretariat of the PAP, we extend our deepest sympathies to Hon. Amadi’s family as well as to the government and the people of Nigeria.”

“Under his diligent leadership, the PAP grew to be recognized as a critical pillar of the African Union architecture. Hon. 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. He was instrumental in ensuring that the guiding principles of the PAP remain intact and that our vision to facilitate an integrated Africa becomes an attainable goal,” Hon. Dang said.

Due to his remarkable contribution to the institutional development of PAP, an Ambassadorial status was conferred on Hon. Amadi in May 2015.

Among other things, staff of the secretariat  praise him for his active participation in the validation of the AU legal instruments, review of the PAP protocol, establishment of the Youth Council, as well as the EU-Africa Joint Strategic Partnership.

Hon. Bethel AMADI was born on 25 April 1964. He is survived by his wife and children.

While the Bureau of the PAP is expected to make an announcement regarding plans by the institution to honour the late President, the Parliament flags will fly at half-mast for the duration of the mourning period. May his soul and those departed rest in peace!”

Hon. Stephen Julius Masele, First-Vice President of the PAP wrote: "You worked very hard for the Pan-African Parliament, Africa and your beloved Nigeria. I will always remember how you spearheaded the signing and ratification of the Malabo Protocol because you wanted the PAP to be relevant to the people of Africa. My promise to you is that we will carry it out and accomplish your desire to see the PAP evolve into a fully fledged legislative body of the Africa Union. May your soul rest in eternal peace. We will miss you."

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, former 4th Vice President, PAP-2015 May-2018 May wrote:  “It was with a heavy heart that I learnt about the home calling of our dear brother, former Vice President and President of the Pan African Parliament. He was a fine gentleman, very respectful, intelligent, a listener, hardworking and focused. He worked hard for the Revised PAP Protocol to be adopted by the HOS in Malabo in 2014. Under his leadership he implemented the new structure of the PAP. He loved his wife very well and would always introduce her to us during plenary sittings if around as the “Jewel of Africa” He will be surely missed. May his gentle soul Rest in Perfect Peace.”

Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives, Abuja:  “Hon Amadi was remarkable at every venture he undertook.
He distinguished himself as lawmaker and displayed high sense of patriotism while serving as a principal officer of the House of Representatives.
His tenure as President of Pan-African Parliament where he represented Nigeria was faultless.
He always discharged his responsibilities with competence and distinction.
At this time of great grief, I join friends, family, loved ones and indeed, the House of Representatives to mourn his untimely loss.
May the comfort of the Lord be with his family all through this period and may God grant his soul eternal rest.’’

Rt. Hon. Kelechi Kennedy Nwagwu Esq, former Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly (Nigeria) wrote: Rest in peace Rt. Hon (Barr) Bethel Amadi, my brother and friend. I can't stop thinking about you every day, reflecting on our several discussions before your unfortunate and devastating demise. 

You were courageous in spite of the excruciating pain you passed through.  You had faith in God to live on. You remained cheerful, always donning that captivating smile, very explicit in words  and clarity in voice . You were a rare gem, a perfect gentleman and an urbane soul.

"B" my brother, as I fondly call you RIP, where there’ll be no more pain  surgeries and worries. You did everything to live but as God has called you back, fare thee well till we meet to part no more. Death where's thy fang , cutting the life of  our Mbaike illustrious son, legislator par excellence and Ex President PAN African  Parliament short in his prime. 

B" rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. We sorely miss you. Good night 

“Hon. Cecilia Ogwal from Uganda and former PAP member visited the Parliament where she met with Hon. Stephen Julius Masele, First Vice-President of the PAP, who was on rotation.
“Hon. Ogwal came to pay her respects to Hon. Bethel Amadi, former President of PAP, who passed away earlier this month. In her condolence message, Ogwal, who worked with Hon. Amadi during her time at PAP, said, “I knew God had chosen you for a purpose and that is to change Africa's destiny through the PAP. May the Lord give you eternal rest."

Ohiwe-ei Unuigbe, Internal Auditor at PAP wrote: "When beggars die, there are no comments seen. The heavens themselves blaze forth at the death princes." So says Shakespeare. Hon. Amadi was indeed a prince.

The saying, “the evil that men do live after them; the good is often interred with their bones" is not true in your case. Encomiums have been pouring in since your demise was announced; from within and outside. Staff members of the Pan African Parliament have been unanimous in singing of your good deeds; each one, recounting specific incidences that they had encounter with you one-on-one.”

“You were kind, humble and reasonable. You were intelligent, respectable, distinguished and honourable indeed. You were a good man; simple, easy to flow with, yet a great warrior.” 

“During my first contact with proceedings at the Chambers of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and all through your tenure as the President of the PAP, I could not but be proud of you as an African and more specifically, a fellow Nigerian. No dull moments. It is just a wonder, how you managed things!”

“You were truly a great man. The PAP family will miss you. Africa, Nigeria and indeed, the world has lost a special person! The grave, as the saying goes, is truly one of the richest places on earth!”

“May the Almighty God comfort, support, strengthen and keep the family and friends you left behind. 

Adieu great one!”

Kenneth Akibate, Sergent-at-Arms at PAP wrote: “He lived. He touched lives. His memory liveth. PAP is mourning an ebullient and good soul. Sir, rest in peace. You played your role. We will forever continue to debate your presence amongst us with fond memories of good naturedness and brilliant discerning mind, PAP is orphaned. PAP is poorer. We are denied of a distinguished, colossal institutional memory.”

“O a very personal level, from our interaction in Merkel’s Hotel in Harare in 2008 to the all night session in Luanda drafting election reports, a few social experiences, eventually to your journey to te VP for WA and ultimately President of the PAP, I doff my hat to real gentleman, a born leader and a determined politician”.

“Even though we hold on to an expected uncompleted project in your life, the Good Lord knows best, You will be missed.
Rest well, my boss, brother and friend.
The heavens are richer!
So long”

Ambassador Albino Aboug wrote: I lost my brother, my boss, immediate past President, Pan African Parliament, Gallagher Estate, Midrand, South Africa. He supported my growth in leadership space in Africa. He represented his federal constituency at the National Assembly. He was a majority chief whip in the green chambers, former house committee chair on aviation. A sad day for Mbaitoli/ Ikeduru Federal Constituency, Imo State, Nigeria and Africa. May his soul rest in peace.” 

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