The casket containing the mortal remains of President John Evans Atta Mills has left the Banguet Hall of the State House for the Independence Square where the funeral service will be held. The casket, draped in national colours with a bouquet of flowers placed on top of it, was carried from the Hall by pall bearers of the Ghana Air Force and placed on a gun carriage as the late commander -in-chief is accorded full military honours. The funeral cortege is led by despatch riders while military horse riders from the mounted squadron
Former President Jerry John Rawlings’s solemn procession around the body of the late President John Evans Atta Mills on Wednesday was perhaps the most elaborate among all the dignitaries that filed past the corpse. President Rawlings entered the State Banquet Hall dressed in a rare black suit with a red muffler around his neck, and in an extremely pensive mood, he and his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings and a few dignitaries filed past the body of the late President.
The Head Pastor of the Synagogue Church of All Nations SCON) in Nigeria and a personal friend of late President John Evans Atta Mills, Prophet T.B Joshua, has waded into the debate of whether or not the cause of death of the former president should be made public. According to the prophet, “calling for the cause of what killed our father is not necessary, it is absolutely not necessary. What do we need that for?” This topic surfaced moments after President Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital two weeks ago,
The State funeral of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, which has generated mass publicity locally and globally and an unprecedented outpour of the publics’ sympathy, would culminate in a burial ceremony steeped in distinctive military traditions on Friday, August 10. After the religious ceremonies that would be tinged with poignant evocation of hymns and the performance of the final funeral rites by the family of the late leader at the Independence Square , the Military would take over the casket, escorting the body
President John Mills’ final home, an 8-feet deep tiled grave, is ready to house the mortal remains of the man whose life and work has come to symbolize national peace, except for some finishing touches meant more for decorative purposes than a necessity. The tomb located at the Geese Park, until recently a recreation park being constructed by the National Security Secretariat-Castle Annex, is being carried out by the same outfit, with some workers, a Chinese construction company operating in Ghana, assisting.
Ghanaians from all walks of life yesterday continued trooping to the Banquet Hall of the State House in Accra to pay their last respects to their fallen leader, President John Evans Atta Mills. Hundreds of thousands of people defied all odds to join long queues stretching from both sides of the entrance to the State House to catch a glimpse of the mortal remains of the late president. Professor Mills, who was dressed in dark brown and white on Wednesday, had had his garb changed to a white suit yesterday.
Security, especially the wave of terrorism unleashed on Nigerian by Boko Haram, and bilateral issues dominated discussions Thursday between United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and President Goodluck Jonathan, along with other top government officials. Clinton, who was in Nigeria as part of her whistle-stop tour of 11 countries in Africa, during her discussions with Jonathan, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), and service chiefs, pledged to continue supporting Nigeria to tackle insecurity.
UNITED States Secretary of State, Mrs. Hilary Clinton yesterday met with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, declaring that if the economic reforms being implemented is carried out to a logical end, “the future for Nigeria is limitless.” Clinton also charged President Jonathan to ensure that there are better opportunities for all Nigerians so that every young boy and girl will have chance to fulfill his or her God given potential. She pledged that the American government will work closely with Nigeria in order
THEY began with a cry for help from their country. They wanted the Federal Government to take them back to their homeland in Bakassi. It is now about a decade since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the oil-rich Bakassi did not belong to Nigeria but Cameroun. But for almost a decade, their hope has remained forlorn. So yesterday, the indigenes of Bakassi finally took their destiny in their own hands. They declared themselves independent of Nigeria. They went further.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-west has described the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, as a fake Awoists, saying; “it is an insult for a figure-head chairman of a party of identity forgers like the ACN, who himself sacked thousands of workers when he was Osun State Governor to be sermonising about Awoism.” The PDP zonal Publicity Secretary, Hon. Kayode Babade, said it was laughable that Akande, who never joined the late Chief Obafemi
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, is clearly under severe heat. His outlook may not depict that lucidly but those who follow his current spat with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) know that the man is not at ease. The ACN leadership is at the jugular of the PDP boss over alleged involvement of his son, Ali, in the petroleum subsidy sleaze. The opposition party has insisted that Tukur must resign from his top office because his moral base has been tainted. ACN, in a statement
FAMILIES of the victims of the June 3, 2012 Dana plane crash in Lagos, did not collect the bodies of their relations yesterday as they came to the venue of the event unprepared. Contrary to the directive of the state government, they come to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) with caskets for the collection of the charred remains of the victims, they all came without the vital equipment. The exercise was further spoilt by a row between journalists and morgue officials, which degenerated into a fisticuff.
A journalist, Mr. Benedict Uwalaka of Leadership newspaper, was yesterday beaten to stupor by mortuary attendants at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on the allegation that he had photographs of one of the corpses of Dana plane crash. Uwalaka, who claimed innocence of the allegation, said his attackers seized his camera and phone. Presently on admission at the surgical emergency ward of LASUTH, Chief Medical Director, Prof. David Wale Oke, said the hospital would offer him free healthcare until he recovered.