Don’t create controversy over Mills’ death – Chief

Late President John Atta-Mills

The Chief of Gomoa-Nkoranza, Nana Abobo Egyir V, has appealed to Ghanaians to be circumspect in their comments about the death of President John Evans Atta Mills in order not to inflict more pain and misery.

Nana Abobo Egyir said the untimely death of President Mills was a shock and a big blow to the entire nation and Ghanaians generally feel they have lost a great statesman.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency at his palace at Gomoa-Nkoranza, the chief said in this era of sober reflection some people were, however, making pronouncements that were compounding the grief of mourners.

He cited the call for a post-mortem on the suspicion that there could have been foul play in relation to the President’s death as uncalled for.

Nana Abobo Egyir, who is also the Sanahen of the Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Area, said such comments were in bad taste and could deter dignitaries from other countries from attending the funeral.

“If the President did not die a natural death but was killed by some of his own citizens, why should the dignitaries waste their time and their resources to attend such a funeral?” he asked.

The Chief expressed concern about how some Ghanaians exercised their freedom of speech without responsibility and appealed to those people to refrain from commenting on issues bordering on national security and the privacy of leaders of national leaders.

“Some Ghanaians talk too much and do not know where to fix the boundaries,” he said.

Nana Abobo Egyir expressed his condolence to President John Dramani Mahama, the widow of Professor Mills, Dr Mrs Naadu Mills, and the Government and the entire citizenry.

He prayed for God’s guidance for President Mahama and Dr Naadu Mills to enable them to overcome the challenges that would confront them in performing the funeral and in the governance of the country.

Source: GNA

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