For Immediate Release
STATEMENT FROM GHANA DECIDES ON THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT MILLS
We are shocked and saddened by the death of His Excellency President John Evans Atta Mills. The announcement of his death was nothing less of a surprise and a blow to a nation that is continually trying to surmount immense developmental challenges. President Mills led Ghana on a path that he best judged as one that could propel the country he loved forward. He did his bit, but now he is gone.
We have been overwhelmed with Ghana’s heartfelt response to the death of President Mills.
The words fine academic, religious, hardworking and peace-loving are most often used to
describe him. Some mention humility and we should not mistake that for timidity. President
Mills brought the “GOOD MAN” syndrome to Ghana’s politics.
So on the event of his death; we are shaken, here at Ghana Decides. Ghana’s future is opened
up again and we are thinking of the shape it will take. We cannot believe the man we had
various expectations about had eluded all of us and made it to “behind the seas where no one
has seen.” That alone is heavy for us all and we are uncertain what next to do with regards to
our plans for the sitting Government. President Mills has changed everything once again – and
for the last time.
Consequently, the quick turnaround the nation has made, in terms of transition by swearing
in Vice President John Dramani Mahama as President, is impeccable. We, at Ghana Decides,
are not surprised as we have found in our interactions both online and offline with Ghanaians
across the country, that people are committed to ensuring that peace and stability is
maintained. Nonetheless, the peaceful and unified transition should be noted and celebrated.
Ghana continues to hold the peace and uphold its constitution.
We therefore mourn the man we all loved, castigated, laughed with and wished well. If
we ever forget how he lived, we would do well to play one audio clip from his addresses to
Parliament and turn around with a “gargantuan” smile and say: There was the man who loved
this country more than himself.
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For further information please contact:
Ms. Kinna Likimani
Ghana Decides – A BloGh Election Project
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