Ghana Needs Good Men Like Mills In Ghana’s Politics – Tsatsu Tsikata


The 10th John Evans Atta Mills commemorative lecture eulogizing and immortalizing the late Professor John Evans Atta Mills for his time on earth and his legacy as one of Ghana’s most reputable Presidents has been held in Accra.


The lecture was organised by the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Heritage was the Greater Accra regional lecture to climax a series of lectures observed in all the other 15 regions in the country which was clustered into six zones on the theme: “The Man John Evans Atta Mills-Ten Years On”.

Delivering the keynote address, renowned legal practitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata, said President Mills worked with integrity and had the national interest at heart at all times, and was a man who never took credit for the many things he did, but wanted his appointees rather take credit for such things.

According to him, President Mills was someone who never sought political power but was sought after due to his personality and expressed the belief that posterity will judge President Mills due to the integrity with which he worked.

Mr. Tsikata said late President Mills embodied values and principles that he brought into the public service and was someone who empowered technocrats in the country under his administration to deliver services in the interest of all.

He noted that the contributions made by former President Mills in governance and public life are unique, hence the need to celebrate him.

Mr. Tsikata reiterated that the former President’s approaches to politics, governance and the law reflected and underpinned his understanding of the application and usage of principles inherent in different instruments in the country.

He revealed that there was pressure mounted on the late President Mills immediately after he won the power to prosecute some of Kuffour’s appointees for engaging in corruption and other criminal acts.

Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata disclosed that President Atta Mills decided not to seek vengeance on his political opponent adding; that he rather decided to focus on working for the people of Ghana and not focus on a political witch hunt.

He further stated that Professor Mills came onto the political landscape as an unknown politician whose personality stood out saying that; he had a strong sense of compassion and his kindness was unmatched and never engaged in the dirty politics that many politicians are doing now.

The renowned legal practitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata said President Mills was strict and firm, yet calm and always looked to create an atmosphere conducive to peaceful co-existence.

The Chairman of the Advisory Council of the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Heritage and the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, described former President John Evans, Atta Mills, as worth celebrating who desires a better Ghana that creates opportunities for all.

He described the late former President of Ghana, Professor John Evans Atta Mills as a man of peace and one who tolerated divergent views during his era as President.

According to Togbe Afede XIV, the late President exhibited a high sense of love, care, and peace during his presidential era that needs to be emulated by all.

He further noted that former JEA Mills was a very humble politician and his personality stood out in a very combative political scene.

In a speech read for her, the wife of Professor Mills and the former First Lady, Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, said “It has been 10 years of solitude since I lost Fiifi, my husband, friend, and confidant. Ours was a rather quiet and private life until a higher national duty came calling. Then suddenly, we found ourselves in the public limelight with its accompanying opportunities and challenges. Fiifi was often battered and bruised on the battlefield of politics but he held firm to his values of truth, simplicity, honesty, and abiding respect for all; qualities I loved about him”.

“To Fiifi, serving at the highest echelons of government was an opportunity to help change the character of Ghana politics for the better. In this regard, I believe posterity will judge him well. Therein lies my consolation for the many sacrifices he had to make,” she added.

By: Paul Mamattah


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