Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The former Pan African Parliament (PAP) President Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi has been described as a “humble servant of the people, unifier, brave man and hard worker”.
This was recently echoed by various speakers who attended the Memorial Service for the late Amadi in Midrand, South Africa at the just ended March Sittings of the Permanent Committees of the fifth Parliament of the Pan African Parliament.
“The resolve of a person is measured on how you contribute to life, not on how long you lived and we say the man we are celebrating today became a landmark symbol for PAP,” said the PAP Acting Clerk, Yusupha Jobe.
“Amadi was our Prince because he served his country and continent very well. We still respect him and we will miss him.”
Born 55 years ago in Nigeria, Amadi passed on in London, United Kingdom, after a long battle with cancer. He trained at the Federal Government College, Warri, and proceeded to the University of Jos where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law. He attended the Nigerian Law School in Lagos and was called to the bar in 1986.
He was first appointed member of PAP in 2007 and was consequently elected First Vice-President of the Continental Parliament.
He served as the PAP President between 2012 and 2015.
The PAP Secretariat underlined Amadi’s strength as a man of “Open door policy”.
“He appreciated everyone and treated all of us equal. He was a leader par-excellency, the continent lost a bright light. He also believed in women empowerment and inclusion of all within the PAP and beyond.”
Speaking on behalf of the East African regional block, the South Sudanase Member of Parliament, Charles Majak Aleer described Amadi as a noble statesman who left the world so early.
“We must always remember that we always gather in two occasions on earth, either in jubilation or grief. Amadi contributed much to our continent and still had must to contribute. He was a great leader, good man and gentleman and indeed we have lost a great man indeed,” he said.
The PAP 4th Vice-President, Chief Fortune Charumbira stated that, Amadi was a brilliant person full of intellect.
“I recall he declared that under his watch PAP will never lose direction. He stood for that and achieved it and unfortunately he is gone, but let us remember that the dead speak through the living so all the testimonies were are hearing today about his good deeds reveal to us his messages as of now.”
Charumbira added that the current PAP leadership must emulate the good deeds of Amadi for the organisation to achieve its mandate.
Meanwhile, the PAP 1st Vice-President, Stephen Julius Masele mentioned that Amadi was an engaging man.
“He was a calm gentleman who treated everyone fairly and very encouraging,” he said.
Set to be buried in his home village in Nigeria next month, Amadi is survived by his wife and children.
The Central region described Amadi as a constructive man with a great vision.
“He left us so early and indeed we lost a great statesman.”
According to the Southern region, Amadi was committed in championing and promoting women causes.
“He pushed for women inclusion in permanent Committees of the PAP and today women celebrate his life. He also maintained the need for quality education for children across Africa. He left seeds of love within our continent and with this his legacy will live on.”
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