Atta Mills remembered

Former President John Mahama laying a wreath in honour of his predecessor Prof Atta Mills. Photo: Vincent Dzatse

Former President John Mahama laying a wreath in honour of his predecessor Prof Atta Mills.
Photo: Vincent Dzatse

A wreath laying ceremony was held yesterday at the Asomdwee Park in Accra in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the death of the late President John Evans Atta Mills.

In attendance were former President John Dramani Mahama, former Minister of Fisheries, Sherry Ayitey, the chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Portuphy and some family members of the late president including his son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills.

The ceremony took the form of Bible reading, singing of hymns and special prayers for the soul of the departed president.

In an interview with The Ghanaian Times on the sidelines of the ceremony, former President Mahama urged Ghanaians to emulate the character traits of the late President Mills by promoting peace in all their endeavours.

He further stated that, it was necessary for Ghanaians to come together to make Ghana a better place, adding that love should be made paramount to all things.

“It is a sad day today but what consoles me is that, President Mills died a hero. He was a man of peace, love and understanding, and I will urge everyone to keep on living the legacy he left behind. I miss him very much because he was a very good man,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to all who made it to the ceremony for honouring the memory of the late president.

Mr  Sam Atta Mills told The Ghanaian Times that, it was a very difficult moment for him, as the child of the departed president, but was happy he was able to make it to the ceremony to honour his father.

He said: “Knowing I can never be able to see my father or speak to him ever again breaks my heart and on such a day, one has to gather courage to be able to visit the grave of a loved one.  It’s been five years already and though I was aware of my dad’s health condition, I never expected him to die at that time but God knows best.”

In an interview with the media after the ceremony, former Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekow Spio Garbrah stated that, if there was one thing he could remember the late President Mills for, it would be for his sense of discipline.

He explained that, he was a very honest and disciplined man who also feared God.

Mr Garbrah said that, he will continue to draw inspiration from the character of President Mills, who continually made the promotion of peace a priority until the day he died.

“Today I remember President Mills for his humility and hate for corruption; I also remember him for his love for God and his peaceful nature. He will forever be remembered,” he added.

By Raissa Sambou and Portia Twenewaa  

 

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