Accra, July 22, GNA – The Majority Leader in Parliament, Alban Bagbin, on Tuesday stressed the need for honesty, selflessness and modesty in the Ghanaian body politic, in imitation of the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
He eulogized the late president, who if had been alive, would have chalked three scores and one on July 21, but died three days after his 68th birthday on July 24, 2012.
‘If we had few people like Professor Mills, Ghana would be somewhere. We will congratulate him for his service to this nation,’ Mr Bagbin said, when contributing to a statement on the floor of parliament to mark the third anniversary of the death of the late president.
The statement was made by Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a deputy minister of education and Member of Parliament for North Tongu.
Mr Bagbin described the late president, a law professor, as having a magnetic brain, who was also a gentleman with a difficulty in using harsh words.
‘He was a servant leader, not just with modesty, but with humility as well. His demise was so painful, but we need to emulate him in academia, politics and leadership’.
Members also described the late president as a modest and peaceful man, and one who had good leadership qualities.
Mr Ablakwah said Prof Mills was an ‘amazing character with rare leadership qualities’, insisting that his legacy remained very crucial to Ghana’s future.
He said President Mills “taught us that great leaders choose great successors, just as Elijah chose Elisha, and Moses chose Joshua,” and that the late Prof Mills left Ghana in the safe hands of President John Mahama to continue his unfinished business.
Mr Ablakwah said the late president was relentless in pursuing peaceful and non-violent politicking, though many ridiculed him for it.
To the chargrin of the minority, he said, “As we all came round to condemn the gruesome murder of the Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP, Mr Adams Mahama, and the scenes of violence that characterised the Talensi by-election, a few weeks ago, we cannot help but admit that the Prof Mills style of politics is what is good for the health of our democracy and our nation.”
Mr Ablakwa said Prof Mills was gracious in defeat, and taught politicians to put the unity and stability of the nation ahead of narrow political and personal interests when defeated in an election.
He said the late president, after loosing the 2,000 and 2, 004 elections, did not hold the nation to ransom, but resolved to “live and fight another day.’
According to the law-maker, .Prof Mills abhorred vindictiveness, and did not pay back political opponents in their own coin, and was selfless and modest.
He said for many years Prof Mills moulded and shaped the youth of the country in the classroom, and when he won power, appointed many young people into office, a pointer to the fact that he believed in the youth.
Mr Ablakwa said Prof Mills was incorruptible and that he had no dubious secret bank account or property “dotted all over the world.’
But the Minority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, admonished Ghanaians not to make comments that portrayed the former President as a saint.
“Let us not pretend that because of the accolade of ‘Asomdwoehene’, nothing untoward happened during his time in office,’ he said.
The Minority Leader drew attention to the political violence that occurred in Agbogbloshie in 2009 during which a sympathizer of the New Patriotic Party ( NPP ) was butchered to death, and Prof Mills ‘ s failure to concede defeat after the 2004 elections.
“Sometimes people say things about people after they have passed on, as if they want to rewrite history. The impression should not be given that he was a saint who did nothing wrong, ‘he added. GNA
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