Former President John Mahama has paid tribute to the former Member of Parliament for Tamale North Alhaji Abubakri Sumani describing him as a great person who was devoted to his religion as a Muslim.
He said the late former Tamale North MP will forever be missed.
He chaired the Muslim caucus in parliament and initiated the Muslim Night of Prayer which became an annual ritual in their calendar.
Speaking at the funeral ground on Tuesday, Mahama said Alhaji Abubakri Sumani was a “great man as well as a devout Muslim. He chaired the Muslim caucus in parliament and initiated the Muslim Night of power among several commitments he made in his belief as a true Muslim.”
He said the late former Tamale North MP will be celebrated for his hardwork. “Celebrate his memory and feel proud he was a great man,” the former President said.
The late Alhaji Abubakari Sumani was born on April 28, 1946 at Savelugu in the Northern Region.
He attained LLB at the University of Ghana Law School in 1970 and later BL (GSL) in 1972.
The late Alhaji Abubakari Sumani went to Parliament in 2000 as MP for then Choggu/Tishigu constituency.
He succeeded Alhaji Adam Ibrahim who did not renew his mandate from 1996 to 2000.
The late Alhaji Abubakari Sumani lost the Tamale North constituency seat in 2012 to an independent candidate, Dahamani Alhassan.
He failed in an attempt to stage a comeback at the NDC’s Parliamentary primary ahead of the 2016 general elections.
The incumbent NDC Member of Parliament, Alhaji Alhassan Suhuyini dashed his hope and that of six others at the primary.
The late Alhaji Abubakari Sumani was a former Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under Jerry Rawlings’ democratic rule.
He was Chairman of the Public Procurement Authority under the watch of late President John Evans Atta Mills.