JOHN EVANS ATTA-MILLS: A LEGACY LOST AS A RESULT OF A SON’S INSATIABLE DESIRE FOR POWER
The sad demise of former President John Evans Atta-Mills and the subsequent deliberate but relentless efforts to bury his legacy by the very people who enjoyed the choicest meat he presented on the table, would clearly be captured under the axiomatic expression ‘Dead men tell no tales’.
The meek and self-effacing John Evans Atta-Mills saw it prudent to handpick a certain John Dramani Mahama as his running mate, an event that led to his relationship with his former boss, Jerry John Rawlings becoming strained. The former first family were dead against the nomination of Honourable John Mahama as his next in command.
The 2008 presidential elections saw the John Evans Atta-Mills emerge victorious. Mills, the Asomdwiehene as he was popularly referred to, did what his abilities could carry him.
Upon the assumption of office, his predecessor, John Agyekum Kufuor, had started a number of projects. He had also secured funding for the construction of ten ultra-modern hospitals across the country. Mills began in earnest to bring all these projects to life.
A number of schools under trees were eliminated. The University of Ghana Medical Hospital also commenced as well as the Maritime Hospital and a host of others, though not state funded.
A number of road networks were commenced across the country. The Eastern Corridor Road started. Mills, unfortunately, suffered a fate none before him suffered while still president. The icily cold hands of death touched him and took him away, much to the sadness of the entire country.
Ghana’s Constitution allowed his Vice President, John Mahama, to take over after his departure a few months to the 2012 elections. President Mahama went to the Central Region, and with Robb-induced tears, appealed to the good people of the region to support him as he was their son.
They saw him as a son, after all, the dearly departed J.E.A Mills saw him as such when he handpicked him to be his deputy. Mahama became President again after that controversial 2012 general elections.
He had no choice than to continue with the projects of John Agyekum Kufuor and John Atta Mills. Something dramatic happened a few months to the 2016 general elections.
President John Mahama and his charges came out with the Green Book. The document, in its deception, captured all the projects Kufuor had started. It also consumed every single project Mills had commenced and was about to finish. All these projects were given to President John Dramani Mahama.
Mahama became the owner of some of JAK’s projects and all those undertaken by J.E.A Mills. The legacy of Mills was torpedoed, with the proceeds added to John Mahama.
Mahama stabbed Mills in the back. The ghost of President Mills had nothing to point to as a legacy in his name. John Evans Atta Mills could well be described as a legacy lost, thanks to a son who did not truly see a father in him!
May President Mills of blessed memory continue to Rest In Peace! Asomdwiehene, continue to rest well.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.