Like most Ghanians I was shocked and saddened when told President Mills had passed away. And, as is the case with Ghanaians everywhere, at this trying time, my thoughts are with his widow, Dr. Naadu Mills, our former First Lady, and the extended families of our former first couple.
In time, history will come to judge President Mills as an honest and
decent man, who though not a strong leader in the classic African sense,
dedicated himself to serving ordinary people and the country he loved.
Despite being handicapped by a terminal illness that dogged him
throughout his tenure, he worked tirelessly to make Ghanaian democracy
Few Ghanaians understood his refusal to interfere with the work of the
other arms of government and the institutions under them - and even
that became a reason for abuse being heaped upon him. The famous "....not a policeman..." statement being an example.
And the shabby treatment he received from his political opponents, who
used character assassination as a political weapon to destroy him,
marked a new low in Ghanaian politics.
It is unfortunate that an African leader, who turned down an
opportunity to enrich himself, by declining an offered secret deal from
corrupt foreign oil company executives, was somehow made out to be
a corrupt politician, by his political opponents - lesser men (and
their female colleagues) who themselves would never have turned down
such a bribe from respectable-looking crooked-foreigners running an
American oil company with interests in Ghana.
Despite all the accusations and insults, President Mills was a decent
and honest man. His tragedy, was that he was used by those he relied on
in his own party for their own selfish ends - and deliberately
insulted on a daily basis by ruthless, sly and dishonest rogues: who
felt that destroying his credibility was essential, if they were to
dislodge Mills and his party from power in the December 2012
Perhaps President Mills should have thought of himself first, and
resigned from office on health grounds, long ago - but he was unable to
do so because he had decided to dedicate himself to serving ordinary
Ghanaians. May his soul rest in peace.
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