United states President, Mr. Barrack Obama, United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma have all mourned the death of Ghanian President, Mr. John Evans Atta Mills who gave up the ghost on Tuesday.
President Obama, speaking through a press statement issued in Washington DC on Wednesday on his behalf by Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Secretary of State, said: "On behalf of the people of the United States, I want to send my deepest sympathies to the people of Ghana and the friends, family, and loved ones of President John Evans Atta Mills"
Obama added that the late President Mills made a significant contribution to Ghana’s democracy and development, and forged a strong and positive partnership with the United States.
"As the third president of modern Ghana, he worked to strengthen his country’s democratic institutions and to expand prosperity for all of its people. He promoted regional peace and reinforced Ghana’s reputation as a leader in Africa. President Mills was a champion for his nation and his loss will be felt around the world. My thoughts and prayers are with all the people of Ghana during this difficult time" Obama's statement reads.
Also, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is saddened by the death of the President of Ghana, John Atta Mills, and offered his heartfelt condolences to the late leader’s family and the Government and the people of the country.
“President Mills will be remembered for his statesmanship and years of dedicated service to his country,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “At this time of national mourning, the Secretary-General renews the commitment of the United Nations to work alongside the Government and the people of Ghana in support of their efforts to consolidate the country’s democratic and development achievements.”
In his reactions, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, expressed his profound sorrow at the passing away of President John Atta-Mills of Ghana.
In a statement issued in London, Mr Sharma said: "On behalf of the Commonwealth, I convey our deepest condolences to the family of the late President and to the Government and people of Ghana. "President Atta-Mills was an inspiring leader of Ghana and a true Commonwealth champion, who will be sorely missed at home and internationally. He was a strong advocate and supporter of the Commonwealth, and our membership benefited enormously from his active participation in Commonwealth life and his wisdom"
"Ghana, was the first independent nation from Africa to join the modern Commonwealth and made impressive strides under his leadership, in both the fields of democracy and development. I remember with great warmth, my official visit to Ghana in 2009 and the very fruitful interaction that we had. "The Commonwealth stands in solidarity with Ghana at this time of sadness and bereavement. Our thoughts are with the family of President Atta-Mills. May his soul rest in peace."
According to media reports, Mr. Mills, 68, suffered from throat cancer and died in a hospital in Accra, Ghana’s capital. He had ruled the West African country since 2009.