Director of Elections for the PPP, Nana Ofori Owusu has waded into discussions regarding the mysterious death of the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
After years of the demise of President Mills, his brother Dr. Cadman Mills disclosed how his handlers were unwilling to fly him out of the country for medical treatment when it was obvious he was near death.
Dr. Cadman Mills narrated how his brother’s physique was beyond recognition due to the late President’s ill health, after he (Cadman) returned from a trip abroad.
To him, signs were visible showing the worsening health condition of the late President, particularly during his last days in office, but his handlers built a strong defence wall around him, claiming he (Atta Mills) was in good shape.
“Some things were happening that I must be very honest I wasn’t happy about. Fiifi (ex Prez Mills) as I called him was very open, very honest and he’ll sit down with you and tell you in gory detail what his prognosis was, what the diagnosis of his disease was. He’s not somebody who will hide things but for some strange reason they decided that politically it was not allowable for people to know that he was sick . . . before that I went to China and when I came back I couldn’t recognize my brother, he was not even coherent. He was very visibly sick and I’d never seen him like that before and I said we had to evacuate him immediately . . we had to go to the U.S and that is when they started telling me that elections are going to be soon and politically it was not right . . . that was the first time I was very disrespectful of the Presidency.
“I told them my peace of mind and I decided we had to go to the USA. What really got me furious was that they said he was going to the U.S for routine medical checkup and I said what are you people talking about. My brother is a human being, he’s not well . . . I wanted him to take the time necessary to get well. The fact of your being a president doesn’t mean you don’t get sick and what is political about getting sick. Whatever got him ill was it April or May was something I’d never seen before, surely enough we went to the US and luckily enough they detected very quickly what causing it and he got much better,” Dr. Cadman Mills said in an interview on Starr FM.
Commenting on the issue on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’, Nana Ofori Atta believed the flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom’s comments have been justified by the revelations by Dr. Cadman Mills regarding how the late President’s handlers treated him.
He recounted how Dr. Nduom called for investigations into Mills’ demise and demanded justice but became a punching bag for the members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He further bemoaned the kind of treatment meted out to Fante people in the country.
He was of a strong view that the NDC have little regard for Fantes and so maltreat them.
Nana Ofori Owusu said this in his analysis of the controversies surrounding the death of President Mills.
He alluded to the regime of Vice President Ekow Nkensen Arkaah in the early 90s, who he claimed also met his untimely death like the late President Mills due to their Fante background.
To him, “the history of Fantes in politics is a sad matter . . . The Fantes in NDC, as Vice Presidents and Presidents, behaviour towards them is an atrocity”.
”Fantes in politics is a sad issue. Vice President Arkaah was beaten mercilessly. He also faced untimely death. President Atta Mills also faced untimely death. As for Amissah-Arthur, we didn’t even catch a glimpse of his picture on a billboard anywhere with his own President. He was just sidelined,” he added.
Nana Ofori Owusu sought justice for the late President and called for further investigations into the real cause of his death.
According to him, the nation can’t have “peace without justice. We want justice.”