The tomb of the late President
Ghanaians and the world at large yesterday bid goodbye to the late president John Evans Fiifi Attah Mills whose mortal remains was interred at the newly created Asomdwee Park near the Osu Casltle following an elaborate burial service at the Independence Square in Accra.
Before the mortal remains of the late president was finally laid to rest, Heads of State and representatives from other African and foreign countries representatives took turns to pay their last respects to the late president whose mortal remains was laid-in-state at the State House.
Earlier in the morning, chiefs from the Oguaa Traditional Area performed a final customary rite to bid their son farewell followed by the former first lady,. Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills.
A captivating and remorseful manifestation of tears poured down the faces of many Ghanaians that had lined up along the Liberation Road as the mortal remains of the late President was moved out of the State House.
The traditional red and black attires mixed with national colours was evident as people massively thronged the Independence Square along with the gun carriage to which the casket of the late president had been strapped.
As the former Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, a full military burial service was performed as Pall Bearers and Quarter Flag Guards clad in Military uniforms carefully escorted the casket to the Independence Square where the burial service took place.
Dignitaries from across the continent particularly Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal, Yayi Boni of the Republic of Benin, Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, Alassane Ouattara of the Cote d’Ivoire, Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia; Mohamed Abdelaziz, President of the Saharawi Republic; President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania; and the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo were seated.
The rest included Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria, Mr. Kalonzo Mvsyoka, Vice President of Kenya, Kadre Quedraogo, President of the Ecowas Commission, and Mr. Amid Borghei, the Acting Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister.
Also in the country was the United States Secretary of State, Mrs. Hillary Clinton.
Almost every other important political, traditional, religious, diplomatic, educational, military and identifiable sp groups, clubs, institutions and associations were all present to grace the historic event.