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Did Bawumia lie about his Methodist Boys Brigade membership?

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia during the launch of the 175th-anniversary celebrations of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Ghana (EPCG) in Accra on Sunday, July 31, 2022, spoke about the need for peaceful coexistence amongst all religions in the country.

Citing himself as an example, the Vice President recounted how his late mother, Mariama, always advocated for religious tolerance and understanding between Islam and Christianity because these religious bodies worshipped the same God.

Bawumia further disclosed that growing up, he associated with a Church, and became an active member of the Methodist Boys’ Brigade.

“We live in a society where a mother and some children could be Christians and a father and some children could be Muslims. As a young boy at Sakasaka primary school in Tamale, I was born to a Methodist mother (then Susana) and a Muslim father.

“Growing up I was an active member of the Methodist Boys Brigade until my mom changed to Islam. I suspect I am the only Muslim member of the Boys Brigade. Till date, out of my seventeen siblings, nine are Christians and eight are Muslims. That is the beauty of the religious acceptance in Ghana,” Vice President Alhaji Dr. Bawumia recounted.

But did the Vice President lie with his narrative?

In September 2021, when the late mother of Dr. Bawumia passed to eternity, a brochure printed for the late Hajia Mariama Bawumia captured her reversion to Islam.

On Page 4 of the brochure, the family of Dr. Bawumia wrote “during her period at Wesley Girls High School, Maame developed a friendship with a young and rising politician, Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia of blessed memory. They fell in love and Mr. Bawumia asked for her hand in marriage to her parents.

“However, Maame was a Christian at this time having been born as Susana Baani Sulemana. She converted from Christianity to Islam when she married the late Alhaji Bawumia and adopted the name Mariama.

“She was a committed Muslim till the good Lord called her to eternity. Maame, therefore, always advocated tolerance and understanding between Islam and Christianity; always insisting that we worship the same God.”

From the tribute published in the brochure, Dr. Bawumia’s family indicated that their mother, the late Hajia Mariama Bawumia, became a Muslim immediately she married Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia – thus even before the Vice President was conceived.

So, how come he [Dr. Bawumia] was a member of Boys Brigade; does that mean his mother was still a Christian even after becoming a Muslim? Was the Vice President born before his parents got married?

Hajia Mariama Bawumia passed on in Accra at 81 and was buried later beside her husband in Kperiga, near Walewale in the Northeast Region.

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