The Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Koku Anyidoho has revealed the late President of Ghana, Professor John Evans Atta Mills was “worried” each time he heard insults targeted at denigrating his character and integrity.
President Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital on July 24, 2012 while still serving as President in his first term.
Anyidoho who had a close working relationship with Mills while serving as director of Communications said among his many concerns as a leader was one that he didn’t want to be remembered as the person members of the opposition parties portrayed him to be.
Koku tol Bola Ray on Starr Chat Wednesday evening that President Mills always tried to learn what he may have been doing wrong to attract such attacks on his person.
“He would ask me, Koku have I disgraced myself that much, did they forget the years in Legon where I impacted knowledge to them? So because of politics they now insult me this much?
“It was after he passed that I heard Ursula Owusu once say he was a good man and he once gave her a lift to 37 when she was going to visit her sick mum. Then I asked, why didn’t you say all these about him when he was alive?” he said.
About President Mills
John Evans Atta Mills was a native of Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region. He was born at Tarkwa on July 21, 1944 and was educated at Achimota School and the University of Ghana, Legon.
He earned a Ph.D. in Law at the age of 27 from the London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies after completing his doctoral thesis in the area of taxation and economic development.
He then had a long stint teaching at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana before becoming the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.
Mills was Vice-President from 1997 to 2001, under the administration of Jerry John Rawlings
He won the 2008 presidential elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), defeating the New Patriotic Party’s candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a run-off.