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Jul 22, 2013

President Mahama attends late Mills' Anniversary

President John Dramani Mahama on Sunday joined hundreds of Ghanaians who thronged the National Theatre to celebrate the birthday of late President John Evans Atta Mills.

The Programme also set the tone for the commemoration of the first anniversary of the late President.

It was also attended by Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, Mr Kofi Totobi Quakyi, Chairman of the President Mills first anniversary planning committee, Ministers of State, the clergy, politicians, and family members of the late President.

Interspersed with drama, paintings and poems, written by renowned Ghanaian artistes, the Programme also brought emotional and sorrowful feelings and nostalgia to all the patrons, most of whom could not control their tears as the Programme rolled on.

The performing choral groups included; the Dansoman youth choir, Winneba Youth Choir, Reheboth Temple Choir among other singing groups, who provided all the hymns and songs befitting the occasion.

The Choral Programme also attracted both serving and retired politicians from the length and breadth of the country, making it a purely national and not a political Programme.

It was also attended by students and traditional rulers from all over the country.

Reverend Fred Deegbe, former General Secretary of the Christian Council described late President Mills as a man of many ways whose performance humbled most Ghanaians as the President of the land.

He called on Ghanaians to leave some legacies that would immortalize them in their death, as life was not predictable.

"Late President Mills left behind him, a lot of values, that I think everyone of you here need to learn from his humility, honesty, faith and love for humanity and all Ghanaians," he added.

He said for once Ghanaians were united and had thrown political and ethnic differences into the dustbin of history and appealed to them to use his death to bury the differences that had bedeviled them for years now.

The former General Secretary also called on politicians to use decent language that would unite the country and avoid divisive tendencies that could inhibit the growth and development of the country.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people who could not make it into the hall of the national theatre also waited patiently at the gates to listen to proceedings in the main hall.

Source: GNA