The demise of the late President J.E.A Mills has left many Ghanaian homes weeping.
Public Agenda, Ghana's only advocacy and development newspaper, took to the streets to give the general public the chance to share their sentiments with the entire world.
Owusu J. Appiah, 23, student, says the late Prof Mills has left a lasting legacy which Ghanaians need to preserve. His leadership style paved the way for many politicians and leaders to exercise a great deal of restraint and decorum in their language. "As father for all, he took a delight in the activities of the youth". Thus he gave some of the youthful ones the chance to serve on his administration without any job experience. We are all bound to make mistakes at one point in time but I think it's high time some organisations took a cue from that and help curb the unemployment situation in the country. May his soul rest in peace.
Abdallah a.k.a "olu man", trader in Mallam Atta Market, discloses that he only knew the late President Mills from a distance but his mannerisms portrayed his humility and his love to unite Ghanaians. "I am truly saddened by his departure.
"He has done a lot for Ghana and the documentaries I have seen on TV say it all. I come from Jumapoh, a suburb of Koforidua in the Eastern Region, and a lot of developmental projects have been done there. For example, water reservoirs were fixed for us so all households now have water flowing in their taps. I just hope other governments will continue the good works he started."
To Emmanuel Appau, Cord operator at a printing press in Accra-Newtown, said: "The 'asomdwehene' has done a lot for Ghana. We cannot afford to lose track of the feats he attained." He said Ghanaians must take a cue from his lifestyle. He called for support for President John Mahama and his government as they move through the difficult times caused by Prof Mills' departure.
A seamstress of Kotobabi, who wanted to remain anonymous, saids he likes late President Mills' kind gesture and good attitude, "I also think that his lifestyle was a good example worth emulating."
Dorcas Danso, Secretary at New Day Media, was of the opinion that the late President Mills was a God-fearing man and indeed a hardworking leader. "I call him a father of many and Ghana and Africa have indeed lost a hero. As a leader, I thought he would have resigned when he recognised he was ill, but he did not and died after a short illness. I therefore pray that God grants him a peaceful abode."
Milly, a student, says she will always hail late President Mills for being a custodian of good morals. I thank him for objecting to homosexuality in Ghana. "Finally the Oak tree has fallen. My heart is filled with grief. I thought it was a dream but when I saw his party members dressed in mourning attire then I knew it was true. God be with him till we meet again. Prof 'yaa wo jogbaan'."