Accra, Aug 9, GNA - Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor, a former Minister of State on Thursday said he had not been of himself ever since the death of the late President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills was announced.
“I have still not recovered from the shock and sadness I felt even till now”, Dr Addo-Kufuor told journalists after filing past the mortal remains of the late President at the State House in Accra.
Dr Addo Kufuor, who also attended Achimota Secondary School, explained that he was two years ahead of the President at School and had known him to be a peaceful person all through.
“Prof Mills died peacefully and this gives me the impressions that our elections will be peaceful, free and fair”, Dr Addo-Kufuor added.
Dr Joyce Aryee, Former Chairperson, Ghana Chamber of Mines, said she found the late President as he laid in state as being “at peace with himself” saying death was inevitable for everyone once “you are born into this world- you start dying”.
She urged all those who professed love for the late President to emulate his peaceful nature, particularly, as Ghana prepared to go to the polls in December and act peacefully- “we should not insult each other again but rather address issues”.
Mr Joe Ghartey, a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, who also filed past the body of late President, told newsmen that “those of us alive should remind ourselves of death”.
He asked all politicians who profess peace to ensure that their followers act peaceful and that “those followers who breach the order of peace must be fired”.
Mr Frank Beecham, President Ghana Bar Association (GBA), who led members of the Association to file past the body, said “the body of the late President "speaks of what he was known for- peace. His death is a sacrifice for Ghana’s unity and peace.”
He noted that the late Professor was his teacher at school and he was “full of ideas”.
Mr Sam Okudzeto, former President, GBA, asked everybody to play a meaningful role as they lived so that when they died, there would be “something to be well remembered for”.
He said the death of the late President should continue to unite Ghanaians unto the December elections and beyond.
Professor Nii Otu Nartey, Chief Executive Officer, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, described the late President as selfless, humble and dedicated who worked till the last day of his life on earth.
“If all Ghanaians will emulate him and lived as Professor Mills did, there would be much development in our country”, Prof Nartey added.
“I found he was at peace with himself- he was a decent man”, Mr Goosie Tandoh, leading Member of NDC told newsmen after he had his turn to view the remains of the late President.
The Paramount Chief of Mo, Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region, Nana Tachie-Elaje II, who also viewed the body told GNA that he felt very sad for the death of such a peaceful President, and prayed for the wife, family and the entire nation to live in peace for national development.
Nana Ama Amporfua a 19 year-old in the line, told GNA she got to the State House at 0600 and had the turn to watch the body of the late President whom she described as her role model at exactly1000.
“I did not believe the news of his death till I saw his body” she said amidst tears.
Most of the people including Ministers of states who filed-past the body were found in tears while other cried uncontrollably as they walked out of where the mortal remains of Prof Mills was laid.
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