The present issue surrounding the tomb of former President John Atta Mills has been characterized as unnecessary by former President John Mahama.
He feels that the controversies reflect poorly on the late president's legacy.
President Atta Mills was renowned as a peaceful leader, therefore the controversies brought his name into disrepute, according to Mahama, who was speaking on the occasion of the president's passing on the tenth anniversary.
"Even as he rests with his maker, such a man and his memory deserve the utmost respect and reverence." It is consequently a source of sad regret for myself and many others that what should have been a solemn 10th anniversary commemorating the late former President's life and drawing beneficial lessons has been marred by unnecessary debate over his last resting site."
The former President stated that he is not against to giving the Asomdwee Park a facelift because the late John Atta Mills deserves it, but he is opposed to doing so without consulting the family.
"Any effort to improve the Asomdwee park, where his mortal remains are buried and where we are conducting this event, should be appreciated, as it is no more than Professor Mills would have earned for his remarkable contributions to our nation's growth and forward progress."
"However, it is untenable to do so without incorporating persons whose acts and behaviour have only served to drag the great professor's name and memory into unwanted and unwarranted public debate," he continued.
Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, urged Ghanaians to "emulate the great attributes of former President John Atta Mills."
The late President's brother has accused the Atta Mills Institute and the Coastal Development Authority of tampering with the ex-tomb president's without consulting the family.
This sparked a dispute between the family and Samuel Koku Anyidoho, advisor to former President John Evans Atta Mills and founder of the Atta Mills Institute. Since then, President Nana Akufo-Addo has disputed the allegations.
Professor John Evans Atta Mills previously served as Vice President under President Jerry Rawlings from 1997 to 2001, and he ran unsuccessfully in the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He was the first sitting Ghanaian head of state to die in office, and he was buried at Asomdwee Park. From January 2009 to July 24, 2012, John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills, a Ghanaian politician and law scholar, governed over Ghana.
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