Ernestina Naadu Mills, yesterday threw lovers of the late President John Evans Atta Mills into tears when she lost control of herself and burst into tears while on her way to lay a wreath on her husband tomb for the third time running since his sudden demise in July 2012.
The reserved widow, who was the second person to lay a wreath after President John Mahama had laid one on behalf of the government and people of Ghana, brought almost everybody to tears as she took what looked like a gruelling walk from the dais to the graveside, sobbing.
Her tears reminded many of the late President Mills, his decent politics, his humanity, his human touch and his fellow-feeling, woke up the gathering to her lonely nights. It took the intervention of a lady believed to be her relative to calm her down while walking her to lay the wreath.
Mrs. Naadu Mills, was not the only one who wept. The late President’s siblings led by Cadman Atta Mills and others who had come from Cape Coast in the Central Region, to mark the second anniversary of his passing, were also seen sobbing.
At the well-decorated Asomdwe Park sandwiched between the Independence Square and the Osu Castle, the Police Band perform a solemn rendition of Presbyterian Hymn 468.
Vice President Amissah Arthur with his wife as well as ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho and Chief of Defense Staff Real Admirer Quarshie and heads of the security agencies were present at the memorial service.
Ministers of state, parliamentarians as well as members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) including General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, National Chairman Dr. Kwabena Adjei, Kofi Totobi Quakye were in attendance.
Conspicuously missing were members of the opposition parties except the General Secretary of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Bernard Morna.
Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo Darko delivered a soul-searching sermon in which he called on Ghanaians to not only to celebrate the legacy of the late President but also to remember their lives on earth are short and they would have to account for their existence on earth.
Then came the wreath laying ceremony. President Mahama laid the first wreath. He was followed by the widow of the late President Mrs Naadu Mills who broke down on her way to lay the second wreath.
The family, the governing NDC as well as the Osu Mantse also laid wreaths to climax the short ceremony, yesterday.
A member of the planning committee, Koku Anyidoho said it has been two years since the passing of the late president but the lessons should not be lost on Ghanaians.
On July 24, 2012, Ghana stood still, the clouds were darkened and tears flowed on every face when Ghanaians were hit with the demise of President Mills.
Many thought it was an expensive joke and that the man known as the Asomdwehene was alive; or that they will wake and realise that it was all but a dream.
However, it was never a dream and yesterday marks the second year since the passing of Prof Mills nicknamed “Man of Peace”.
A statement issued and signed by George Lawson, acting General Secretary of the ruling NDC stated that “the scar of the shock of his death that greeted the National Democratic Congress (NDC) family and the entire nation will take a longer time to heal.
But he will forever be remembered for what he stood for…today as we remember this gem of a man, we call on Ghanaians to emulate him. The NDC wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the Social Democratic Philosophy of which the late President was a firm believer and advocate”.