President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in Accra called on African leaders to emulate the exemplary leadership qualities of late Ghanaian President, John Atta Mills and his efforts at promoting the essence of democracy.
Jonathan also applauded and recommended to emerging democracies on the continent, the smooth and prompt transfer of presidential power to President Dramani Mahama following the death of Atta Mills on July 24.
He made the call in a tribute at the final funeral rites of Atta Mills at Accra Stadium.
Jonathan hailed the significant legacy of stable and enduring democratic institutions of governance established and nurtured since 1992 in Ghana.
He described the late Atta Mills as a “dependable leader, an affable gentlemen, soft spoken but firm, a self assured man of honour and of intellect who loved his country, his continent, his race and who served humanity with all his heart”.
“John Atta-Mills did his best as a leader and servant of his people.
“We honour him today as a great teacher, administrator and political leader who dedicated his entire life to the service of his country, Africa and humanity.
“The people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria join you in praying that God Almighty will grant him eternal rest from his earthly labours,” he said.
The President assured Mahama and the people of Ghana of Nigeria’s continued brotherly solidarity and friendship.
The President said the late President was a great friend of Nigeria and an affirmed believer in the shared heritage and common destiny of all Africans.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Accra for the burial, reports that 16 Heads of State, five Vice Presidents and other high-powered international dignitaries attended the funeral and burial service of the late President at Accra stadium.
Among the dignitaries were the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chairman of AU and President Benin Republic, Boni Yayi, and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan, who is also a Ghanaian.