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General News of Friday, 10 August 2012

Source: Daily Democrat

Mills Gone Forever ..No more Insults &Vilification

The mortal remains of the late President John Evans Atta Mills would be buried today in Accra at the Castle Drive near the seat of government, after three days of national mourning from Wednesday 8th August, which gave Ghanaians the opportunity to pay their last respect to the man of peace and humility. Ghana witnessed one of the longest queues in the history of the nation as people from near and far across the country thronged the state house to pay their tribute to undeniably, a great man.

While alive, political opponents battered his soul, attacked his body, disgraced his image, destroyed his reputation and vilified his personality, yet he tolerated them for the sake of social development, national unity and cohesion and preached peace and unity to them till the end.

His demise has seen men and women of stature across the social divide praising him to high heavens and touting his virtues to the whole world as a man of peace and humility, a development oriented person determined to fight for his people. Admittedly, people who could have protected and defended him from the vicious vilification kept mute for the late president to be virtually battered and lynched before rising up to defend his corpse as a good man Ghana has lost. The death of the President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills on 24th July, 2012 came as a shock to many. President Mills was pronounced dead at the ‘37 Military Hospital’ after a short illness, according to a statement signed at the castle by the Chief of Staff, John Martey Newman.

“It is with a heavy heart and sorrow that I announced the sudden death of the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, Professor John Evans Atta Mills,” the statement read.

A cross section of Ghanaians who spoke to this paper expressed shock at his death, which they argued was as a big blow to the nation and urged each other to take it calm since it is God who gives and takes.

The Ghanaian populace wished he was alive to continue his good works and also contest the upcoming general elections after declaring his preparedness to do so.

It is really a dark day in the history of Ghana as the whole nation is saddened at the President’s death.

Not too long ago, in fact few weeks ago, there were rumors manufactured by the stalwarts of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the President had passed away. This diabolic orchestration compelled him to come out publicly to deny the rumor and show himself to all Ghanaians that he was alive and kicking.

Now that President Atta Mills has truly passed away, the million dollar question on the lips of millions of Ghanaians for the NPP is, what campaign massage are they carrying to the people, and would they attend the funeral?

It also beats the imagination of many Ghanaians how somebody’s health makes political opponents happy just for their selfish and parochial political interests to the extent of praying for his death.

As Ghanaians we have been thrown into a sudden state of mourning, the NPP must bear in mind that the NDC is a well structured party, and there are capable people to take over the reins of government and win a second term.