What Mahama said at the 9th wreath-laying ceremony for Atta Mills

What Mahama said at the 9th wreath-laying ceremony for Atta Mills

Former President John Dramani Mahama was at the ninth wreath-laying ceremony held on Saturday, July 24 in memory of his predecessor, Professor John Evans Atta Mills.

Among others, the former president and three-time presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said he had to live in the government of Atta Mills amidst criticism from even persons within the party.

But he said he had to learn humble leadership of Professor Atta Mills.

“President Mills strongly abhorred politics of insults. He saw politics as a contest of ideas and was constantly concerned about the need for leaders to be proper role models to the younger generation who are keenly watching and may end up emulating the actions of the political class. 

“Unfortunately, he was attacked viciously by opponents even when he was unwell, but the NDC has continued to live by his tolerant nature.

“It is imperative that we, as members and sympathizers of the NDC, continue to be guided by the values of truth, humility, transparency and accountability that are exemplified in Professor Mills. 

“I lived it, and while some, including from within our party will criticize me for it, I believe that our politics must be a platform and opportunity to ensure total development and a general improvement in the lives of the Ghanaian, and not an opportunity for wickedness, trampling on the rights of your people, the destruction of businesses of perceived political opponents, pushing the parochial interests of your family and friends, etc.”

Find the full speech below:

Ladies and Gentlemen! 
Good Morning. 

Today, we recognise not only Professor Mills, but also our Founder, Jerry John Rawlings, and also our former Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who have since passed away. 

I invite you to pay a minute’s silence for their souls. 
May their souls rest in perfect peace. 

We are all gathered here, at the Asomdwee Park, today – as citizens, family, friends, sympathizers and members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) – to celebrate the life and legacy of President Professor John Evans Atta Mills. 

Prof., as we all fondly called him, is our departed hero and inspiration who continues forever to live in our hearts and minds. 

Nine years ago, even the heavens themselves displayed the ominous signs when the skies, which were previously bright, suddenly darkened as though about to rain. A gripping cold enveloped the whole nation.

Yes, it was a Tuesday afternoon. Our nation was in shock when news came through confirming the unprecedented event of the dɛath of our sitting President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills. It is a tragedy we all pray would never befall our nation ever again. 

Nine years have passed but anytime we celebrate the anniversary of his departure, we are reminded of the values and principles he extolled and lived-