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Northerners mourn Mills with non-denominational memorial service


Thousands of people across the various political divide in the Northern Region on 31st July joined the entire nation to pray for the soul of the late president John Evans Atta Mills at the Tamale Jubilee Park whose sudden death occurred on 24 July 2012.
The non-denominational memorial service brought together traditional authorities, paramount chiefs of Northern Regional House of Chiefs, heads of departments and agencies, the Muslim clergy and various political parties to pay their last respect to the late president of the Republic of Ghana.
The superintendent of the Methodist Church of Tamale, reverend David Akwasi described the late president Mills as the epitomy of peace as who chose reconciliation and not vengeance or war against his political opponents which earned him the name” Asumdwehene’.
Reverend David Akwasi suggested that the best way to honour the late President Mills is to ensure peace and reconciliation among each other.
He said the late president was the first president to have allowed political appointees of the opposition to stay at post while smooth transition takes place.
A condolence message on behalf of Muslim community in the Northern Region was read by Dr Al-Hussein Zakaria who said the humility of the late president is worth emulating by Ghanaians.

Dr Al-Hussein said the late president has suffered verbal attacks from his own party in spite of his good work to improve the lot of Ghanaians.
The Moshe Chief in Tamale, Alhaji Issah Modoo also prays for Allah’s mercy for the late president and guidance of his successors.
In his tribute, the Northern Regional Minister Moses Bukari Mabengba catalogued a number developmental projects in the region under the leadership of the late President Mills in his three and half years in office.
He mentioned the Tamale Teaching Hospital, conversion of 7 Senior High Schools, schools under trees project and many educational infrastructures, the strengthening of local governance through the creation of new districts and constituencies and the major improvement in the agricultural sector among others.  
The legal fraternity described the late president as a legal educationist to Ghana in the legal practices of the country.
Learned colleagues further described the late professor in law as someone who stuck to justice no matter the circumstances, hence, his usual mantra “ the wheels of justice grand slowly but  will surely get there”.
Delivering a condolence message on behalf of the Ghana Bar Association in the Northern Region, Lawyer Musah said the legacy of the late professor of law will forever be remembered; saying that he was a pay-up member of the Bar and his contribution to the Bar cannot be over emphasized.
The late President Mills will be laid in state at the Banquet hall Thursday, August 8. According to the funeral planning committee, foreign diplomats and dignitaries will first be allowed to pay their last respect after which the public will be given the chance on Friday, August 9 to file past the body of the late President.


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