Special UN Representative for AU and Darfur, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas has said that the late President John Evans Atta Mills demonstrated a sterling determination to succeed and appreciated a new way of doing politics to achieve prosperity and dignity for the people.
He pointed out that ‘President Atta Mills’ style of governance revealed itself long before he ascended to the highest throne of Ghana. His peaceful and inclusive disposition; his academic background’ among others had irreversibly shaped his outlook on politics.
Prof. Mills died on July 24, 2012 at the 37 Military Hospital and was interred at the Geese Park, also known as the Asomdwee Park in Accra.
Speaking at the second annual Atta Mills Memorial Lecture on the theme: ‘Good Governance, Security and Conflict Resolution’ Thursday in Accra, Dr. Chambas noted that though his (late Prof. Mills) reign as a president was short, he provided the world with a unique insight into the sterling qualities of a modest and exemplary leader and statesman.
He added that even at home, the late professor preached and acted peace as well as laying a clear vision for Ghana’s political and economic trajectory.
Also, Dr. Chambas noted the former president galvanized the population to scale up the commanding heights of prosperity and dignity in the country.
‘He has a left a permanent legacy all Ghanaians must be proud of,’ Dr. Chambas said.
Prof. Mills had attempted to be Ghana’s president on three occasions.
According to the UN Envoy, during the 2008 presidential election, he (Dr. Chambas) and a couple of others visited the late Prof. Mills, who was contending Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party.
In their conversation, he recounted the late president saying: ‘I know I have won the elections God willing. My victory, however, is not worth a drop of blood of any Ghanaian. If the price for peace is my victory, I am prepared to forgo it.’
A few 1,000 votes separated Prof. Mills from Nana Addo, in that keenly contested presidential election.
The late president, he maintained was determined not to take Ghana into the volatile situation, which erupted in Kenya.
Dr. Chambas continued that in Africa, Prof. Mills advocated for Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s vision of a united, competitive, people oriented and self confident continent.
A continent, which would be capable of holding its own in the modern setting of a global market, characterized by trading blocs and regional security frameworks.
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