The worldwide body, United Nations General Assembly (GA) has paid a fitting tribute to Ghana’s late President John
Evans Atta Mills describing him as a man of peace.
At the beginning of the 123 meeting of the 66 Session at the UN headquarters in New York, members rd th of the august
body observed a minute’s silence in honour of the Ghanaian leader.
The tributes were kick-started by the President of the GA, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, who speaking on behalf of
the UN membership said “Thanks to his (President Mills’) leadership, Ghana remains today a model of democracy in the
“Dr. Mills’ legacy of hard work, integrity and sacrifice will remain bright and enduring for the people of Ghana and of
the world” he said.
The president of the UN noted that “As President of Ghana, he (President Mills) was widely regarded as a caring,
principled and dedicated leader, who made lasting contributions towards the advancement of economic development and
Mr. Al-Nasser extended the heartfelt condolences of the entire UN body to Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, wife of the late
President Mills, the bereaved family and the Government and people of Ghana at this difficult time of grief and
In his statement to the UN, Mr. Ken Kanda, Ghana’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative said the country had
lost an illustrious and indefatigable son, who in all respects was honourable, honest and above all extremely humble.
Ambassador Kanda told the august body that the late President was taken ill suddenly around noon on Tuesday, July 24
and was rushed to the 37 Military hospitals in Accra, where he passed on at 14:15hours.
President Mills was “Respectful and Respectable, He led a surprisingly simple life for a man in his position; He had
deep respect for the office and the people he served. He was a leader Par Excellence”.
Describing President Mills’ death as a huge and painful loss, Ambassador Kanda summed up that the late Ghanaian
leader’s legacy of a fruitful, fulfilled and exemplary life “earned him the accolade of “Asomdweehene”, (King of Peace)
because he eschewed divisiveness and lived and led as a “Father for all”.
In a tribute on behalf of the African States at the UN, Mr. Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Botswana’s Envoy said the best
way Africa and the International community could continue to honour Prof. Mills’ memory and legacy was to renew
commitment to upholding human dignity, democracy and accountable governance, freedom and justice, all of which he
fully cherished during his lifetime.
Prof. Mills was the kind of person who rarely showed emotion even under most trying circumstances”. Ambassador
Ntwaagae said of the late Ghanaian leader.
On behalf of the Eastern European States, Mr. Zeliko Vukobratovic, charge d’affaires of Bosnia and Herzegovina hoped
that the legacy of President Mills will serve as an outstanding example in leading the country towards progress and
The Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States, in their tribute read by Ms. Sofia Mesquita Borges, Permanent
Representative of Timor Letse said the vision of the late President Mills has “seen benefits from policies focused on
investing in local people to ensure that they do not only reap the benefits of economic growth, but are also competitive
nationally and internationally”
Ambassador Jean Wesley Cazeau of Haiti on behalf of the Latin American and Caribbean States eulogized the late
President Mills, whilst Mr. Miguel Berger, charge d’affaires of Germany, spoke highly of the leadership qualities of the
late President on behalf of the Western European and other states. He said that the death was a great loss and hoped that
President John Mahama will continue from where President Mills left off.
At the turn of Mr. Jeff De Laurentis, US Ambassador to the UN he referred to President Mills’’ impressive record that
endeared him to the world as a peaceful and true statesman. He also recalled recent invitation that President Obama
extended to the late Ghanaian leader to the USA.
All the speakers referred to the late Ghanaian Leader’s peaceful nature and exemplary leadership that made him to stand