Message to the Ashesi Community regarding President John Atta Mills’ death
July 27, 2012, 6:27 pm
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By Patrick G. Awuah, Jr.

25th July, 2012

We are all saddened by the news of President John Atta Mills’ death this afternoon.  President Mills was widely recognized as a man of deep faith, and a champion of human rights and peace.  He will be remembered fondly by all of us.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his wife, First Lady Ernestina Naadu Mills.

ImageAs we mourn the sad event of this day, let us also pause to recognize and thank the leaders of Ghana’s democratic institutions – the Executive Branch, the Parliament, and the Supreme Court – for the remarkable work they are doing to shepherd Ghana through this transition.  It is a real testament to the leaders of Ghana that Vice President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in as president by the Chief Justice, at an emergency sitting of Parliament, just a few hours after President Mills’ passing.

Our new President was the guest of honour at our campus inauguration in 2011. I was personally struck by Mahama’s commitment to Ghana’s development and especially to the youth of this country, during my conversations with him at that event.  I was thrilled by his public embrace of Ashesi’s model of fostering critical thinking, ethical wisdom, and innovation.

I also offer my thanks to the leaders of opposition parties who have called for a spirit of unity at this difficult time.  This solemn and orderly transition demonstrates the growing strength of Ghana’s democracy.  I am convinced that Ghana’s response in the coming days and months will show the world and the international members of the Ashesi Community – foreign students, visiting faculty and donors – that Ghana is firmly on the path of stability and development.

On behalf of the Ashesi Community and on my own behalf, I wish our new President Mahama well in his new role at the helm of Ghana. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to him for the task he takes on today to guide the ship of the Ghanaian state.


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