Posted: Thursday 24th July 2014 at 10:30 am

Remembering Late Prof J.E. Fiifi Atta Mills

TODAY is exactly two years when, for the first time in the annals of Ghana’s history, the country lost its sitting President in the person of Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills after his three-and-a-half years in office. The death of President J.E. Mills on July 24th, 2012 though sad and painful, never came as a surprise to many Ghanaians, as there were enough signs of his health deteriorating.

THOUGH President Mills is gone, there are a few lessons Today thinks we must learn from the man who suffered lots of humiliation and bastardisation in the hands of members from his own National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, especially former President Jerry John Rawlings, who ironically “anointed” the late president as his successor in Swedru in the Central region, which later became known in Ghana politics as the “Swedru Declaration.” We might not have liked his governance style but the truth of the matter is that there are some legacies he left behind which are worthy of emulation.

IT is unfortunate that while we are celebrating him today, the labour unions headed by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) are on a nationwide strike, demonstrating against economic hardships facing Ghanaian workers. Is this what President Mills wanted the country he believed in so much to be? How would he feel in his grave if just two years after his demise, the whole government machinery is brought to a halt? Obviously, the country will lose a great deal since there will be zero productivity.

WHAT we do not understand is what actually has gone wrong with President John Dramani Mahama, who during his tenure as the Vice-President, under President Mills’ reign told the whole world that he was the luckiest vice-president Ghana has ever had because, according to him, the late law professor gave him all the opportunity and assistance he needed to work as a vice president.

WE do not think the late President Mills would be happy in his grave considering the recent happenings in the country, where virtually every single individual is complaining about economic difficulties and how life has become a living hell in Ghana. Is this the “Better Ghana” Professor Mills promised Ghanaians? What has happened to it? How can NDC allow his [Professor Mills] dream of bettering the lives of Ghanaians die off so soon?

IT is our ardent hope that President Mahama will wake up from his slumber if he is sleeping and reignite the dream of his mentor to ensure that it lives in the hearts of Ghanaians. We believe this is the only post-tribute the NDC and President Mahama can pay to him today by promising him that they will work hard to fulfill his dream of seeing every Ghanaian prospering in his or her endeavour.

IT is equally important for the country to emulate the meekness, calmness and long-suffering nature of the late president in our attempt to help the government find solutions to the numerous socio-economic problems confronting Ghana.

WE, therefore, implore the whole nation to have a sober reflection today especially, the NDC faithful(s) to seek the face of God for divine intervention on the economy and the way forward for the country, since all indications point to the fact that, the government has no clue to the problems bedeviling the country.

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