"I'm Not Dead" - Prez MillsBy Timothy Gobah - Daily Graphic
12/19/2011 9:31:12 AM -
The President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, has dismissed claims that he went to Cuba during his recent tour of North America to seek medical treatment.
“l am not dead,” the President said on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on Saturday and described the claim that he had been to Cuba as the infantile imagination of his critics because he had travelled to the United States of America (USA) and Canada on official duty and as part of his annual leave.
He said those cynics who had made that claim would have done a lot of service to the country if they had channeled their “ wild dreams” into positive ventures beneficial to the majority of the people.
Speaking to journalists on his return home, President Mills said the visit abroad had been beneficial and fruitful.
Earlier, the President had been met at the KIA by the Vice-President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, ministers of state, service commanders, members of the Diplomatic Corps, as well as a large number of National Democratic Congress (NDC) members and sympathisers who stood under the scorching sun for hours to welcome him.
The jubilant supporters went into a frenzy, sang and danced when the Delta Airline aircraft carrying the President touched down at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Some of them held placards with inscriptions, “ President, thank you for your $3 billion deal”, “ Welcome, our father, Atta Number One”, ” Mills for four more years” and “We love you, Adwumawura”.
During his visit to the US, the President undertook many businesses on behalf of the country.
While in the US and Canada, he held a number of engagements, including a bilateral meeting with the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, at the UN Headquarters in New York, a visit to the New York Stock Exchange and meetings with business leaders and corporate organisations.
He also interacted with a section of the Ghanaian community in the US and Canada.
In Canada, the President held bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr Stephen Harper, and also met a number of captains of industry to sell the potential and investment opportunities in Ghana to them.
However, some social commentators and stalwarts of some opposition parties had expressed doubt over the fact that President Mills was actually in the US working for the country.
They insinuated that President Mills was rather in Cuba receiving medical treatment and dared the government to provide evidence to the contrary.
But President Mills said the lies by the cynics would not tickle him but rather invigorate and encourage him to redirect his attention to the “Better Ghana” agenda which was yielding massive results.
“There are some people who want to build castles in the air. Don’t agree to be tenants in those castles because they don’t exist,” he told journalists.
He wondered how the cynics would not change the “Atta Mills is dead” mantra which had been over-flogged over the years without any positive results but continued to hold on to it.