A former national chairman of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Mr Dan Markin, has commended President John Evans Atta Mills for allowing his political maturity to prevail in the face of critical public criticisms of his policies and programmes.
He said President Mills had always maintained a calm composure and a high degree of accommodation and tolerance, a feature which, he said, was unparalleled in the political history of the country.
Interacting with a group of youth in Accra yesterday, Mr Markin noted with satisfaction that President Mills had not allowed his emotions and sentiments to cloud his sense of judgement amidst the barrage of criticisms levelled against him by his political opponents.
The former DPP national chairman said there was not even a single occasion that President Mills had over-reacted to criticisms on his management of the economy but had rather encouraged the public to exercise restraint while the government fixed the distortions in the various sectors.
Mr Markin said although he had been in active politics since 1992, he had not seen any political figure whose character and conduct could match that of president Mills.
The former DPP national chairman said nation-building always needed men and women who could tolerate dissenting opinions even from their own political parties and that President Mills had demonstrated beyond every shred of doubt that he was an embodiment of those lofty qualities.
“Most presidents would be distracted from the agenda that they had outlined to improve the lot of their people in the midst of public criticisms of their policies,” Mr Markin noted.
The former DPP chairman said for President Mills to thrive in adversity was no mean achievement, stressing that he should remain focused to fulfil the expectations of the people.
Mr Markin said the commendation of President Mills’s management of the nation by the Sudanese business magnate, Mr Mo Ibrahim, who visited the country recently, had placed Ghana on a special pedestal in the comity of nations.