President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has condoled with the people and government of Ghana over the sudden death of their President John Atta Mills of Ghana.
Atta Mills, who was suffering from throat cancer, has died in hospital in the capital, Accra. John Dramani Mahama, his vice-president, has been sworn in as his replacement in a ceremony in the capital.
“It is with a heavy heart… that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana,” a statement the Ghanaian President’s office said Mr. Atta Mills had ruled the West African country since 2009.
Reacting to the shocking news, Jonathan said Nigerian symphatised with Ghana on the death of Atta Mills.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said President Jonathan received with shock and immense sadness the news of Mills death assuring “the people of Ghana of the sympathy and solidarity of the people of Nigeria.”
“On behalf of himself, the government and people of Nigeria, President Jonathan extends sincere condolences to late President Mill’s family as well as the government and people of Ghana,” the statement read.
According to President Jonathan, late President Mills did his best during his tenure to carry forward the process of democratic consolidation and socio-economic development in Ghana.
He prayed that God Almighty would grant the late President’s soul eternal rest and bless his successor with the fortitude and wisdom he will need to keep Ghana firmly on the path of peace, stability and progress.
He expressed hope and expectation that the excellent relationship, which existed between Nigeria and Ghana during President Mill’s tenure, would continue to be strengthened under the new leadership in Ghana in the mutual interest of both countries.