…Where Lies Man Of Peace
By Margaret Jackson
July 23, 2013
The pain that Ghanaians went through a year ago following the passing of President John Evans Atta Mills is back to the burner. Everything seems so fresh and it looks like more tears are bound to be shed today as we celebrate one year of his death.
Many Ghanaians have seen President John Mahama and others mostly in black and brown cloths since the death of ex-President Mills. But it has not occurred to many people that President Mahama has been mourning all year long.
Therefore, I bet that when many Ghanaians converge this afternoon at the Asomdwee Park where the mortal remains of President Mills lie for a wreath laying ceremony, nostalgic moments will lead to more tears. People will cry because they still have tanks of pain loaded on their chests.
President Mills, who was regarded as a “Man of Peace” has been resting in peace following his burial at the Asomdwee Park which is close to the frontage of the Osu Castle on Friday August 10, 2012.
At his burial service we recall President Mahama saying that, “Late President Mills was humble, honest and peace loving, it will therefore be expedient for all Ghanaians to immortalize him by forging ahead for the development of Ghana.”
President Mahama added that, “President Mills was a man of God who abhorred political antagonism and we shall do him a lot of good if we avoid divisive tendencies in our political activities.”
Therefore, on this occasion that we celebrate the one year of his passing with the wreath laying ceremony, we need to look back and reflect on the good things that President Mills did and endeavour to emulate them for the overall benefit of the country.
Many people still cannot believe that President Mills is no more. But as we seek to bring closure to our denial mode, what we need to preach most is peace. We need peace in order to forge ahead.
As a result, I passionately urge all those who will storm the Asomdwee Park to have one formal thing in mind – PEACE, PEACE AND PEACE.