The Federal Government of Nigeria has described the late Ghanaian president John Atta Mills as a statesman and a great African leader and a leader for all whose death was a loss not only to Ghanaians but also to Nigeria, Africa and the world in general.
Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo made this statement when he led a high-powered government delegation to condole the government and people of Ghana over the sad loss of their president.
Arc Sambo expressed the federal government’s sincere appreciation on Ghana’s smooth transition of power and on the sustenance of democracy in the country. “I must seize this opportunity to express our appreciation on the manner on which the smooth transition on your country took place and to congratulate you on the sustenance of democracy which is in the interest of your good people, our ECOWAS region and Africa in general,” Said Sambo.
The vice president assured Ghana of Nigeria’s continued support and cooperation for the development of the region.
While receiving the delegation, the president of Ghana John Mahama expressed his thanks for the prompt response of the federal government over the sad passing away of the late president by sending a high-powered government delegation to condole with the people of Ghana.
The president stated that it was not surprising that barely 48 hours after sending an official delegation to inform the Nigeria’s president on the passing away of president John Attah Mills, he responded by sending a high-powered delegation to express the condolences of the government and people of Nigeria.
John Mahama stated that Ghana and Nigeria are bound by destinies to be brothers. Apart from their colonial history, they both share a lot in common. “I am not surprised that it is only natural that when this event occurred president Goodluck Jonathan, president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was the first head of state to call me and expressed his condolences which is a reflection of the bond that exists between our two countries.” John Mahama described mills as humble honest and a man who has great love for his country; a statesman and an active member of ECOWAS and the African Union whose valuable contributions would be missed.
The delegation also paid a condolence visit to the wife of the late President Dr Naadu Mills.
The vice president was accompanied by the PDP National Chairman Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.