According to former President John Dramani Mahama, the late Professor John Evans Atta Mills was a humble person. Mills was Mahama’s previous boss.
He noted that the late President was a man of integrity and that many people will be able to vouch for him having that quality.
Atta Mills was a man of integrity, and all of us can vouch for his integrity; he was a modest man, and he didn’t need millions of dollars in his house to survive, Mr. Mahama stated while speaking at the commemoration lecture for the late Professor Mills that was held in Kumasi on Thursday, July 27.
The commemorative lecture was given in honour of Atta Mills and was held in memory of Professor Mills.
Mr. Mahama went on to say that the qualities that Professor Mills possesses are in particularly high demand at the moment.
Atta Mills didn’t need millions of dollars in house to survive
The standard-bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) made the following statement: “For those of us who have worked with him closely, we will forever cherish his memory.”
Because of this, we continue to commemorate his life each year, not because we want to worship him, but because his characteristics are in such short supply in Ghana today that we need to continue to honour him and replicate his characteristics in the hopes that those in public leadership today will learn from the man Atta Mills.
“Our economy is in crisis, and there are problems across the land. Additionally, corruption and theft have become the new normal and are no longer the exception.
“Impunity has engulfed our land, and public officials act as if they control the country. Ostentation has become the trademark of the people who are in power, and arrogance has become the primary character trait of the leadership that is in place right now.
“If you take a look at everything that is happening today, you’ll notice that it is completely different from the qualities that Atta Mills advocated for,”
Mr. Mahama, for his part, stated during a previous ceremony to honour the 11th anniversary of the loss of Professor Mills in Accra on Tuesday, July 24, 2023, that “he was not one to create power at all costs and manipulate state agencies to do his political bidding.”
“The Electoral Commission (EC) was truly independent, and members of the court did not live in fear of not fulfilling the president’s demands by the rulings that they rendered.
In contrast to what we see going on in the world now, he did not use the law as a weapon. I count myself as one of his many students who have gone on to achieve tremendous success in their own fields of endeavor, and he was a great talent in the sporting world.
Because he held our social and moral norms in such high regard, it should come as no surprise that he was adamantly opposed to the LGBTQ community.
Beginning in 2009 and continuing until the middle of 2012, when Professor Mills passed away on July 24, 2012, Mr. Mahama served as Professor Mills’ Vice President.