Activities marking the fifth anniversary of the death of the late President, Professor John Atta Mills, began yesterday with a wreath laying ceremony at the Asowdwe Park in Accra.

The ceremony which formed part of a week-long anniversary of the late President under the theme; “5 years of ascending into mortality,” was attended by sympathesers and members of the public.

Since his death on June 24, 2012, the day has been observed to remember the President who was a symbol of peace in the country.  He is remembered for preaching peace and love throughout his political career.

But in a sharp contrast after his demise, the cause of his death has not been officially disclosed leading to various speculations.

Every now and then, the cause of death becomes a political debate between those who are demanding the disclosure of circumstances leading to his death and those who say that is a private matter for the family.

For the last five years, the debate has been on and it appears each year, the debate is reviewed and the discussions take over the significance of what the late President lived and died for.

All his good deeds for which he should be celebrated is always overshadowed by the unnecessary debate as if knowing the cause of death would bring the late Professor  back to life.

The Times is not interested in the current debate and wish that we go past this phase of the debate and celebrate the late President befittingly.

After all, Professor Mills symbolised peace and love and would have wished for a celebration befitting what he stood for.

The current debate in political circles and in his family is unhealthy and must cease.

On the occasion of the 5th anniversary, we urge Ghanaians to remember late Professor Mills for the legacy he left for the country.

Let us not remember his death only by demanding what killed him, because death is an inevitable end and there is very little any human can do about it.

We must in one accord pray for his son and be reminded of the gentle and humble manner with   which served the nation.

Adieu President Mills, May you continue to rest in peace.



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