Son of late President John Evans Atta Mills says he shared a very exciting bond with his late father while he served as the president of Ghana.
Sam Atta Mills in an interview on BBC’s Outlook said “I am very proud of my dad. He is my biggest inspiration… We communicated regularly because obviously he wanted to know how well I was coping. I ring him up all the time. ‘Oo how are you dad, how is your job? How is Ghana going and all that kind of stuff’.”
“My dad was a man who believed in giving everyone equal opportunities. So just because he was the President, he wouldn’t allow people to treat me different. It was quite fun. It was an eye-opening experience,” he said.
Touching on the time he spent with his late father, Sam Atta mills said every morning at 5 am “we would wake up and go for a walk from the Castle to the Independence [Square] so that he could get some fresh air and exercise. Everyone took their shower, we had morning devotion from six to seven and whatever problems I was facing, I could tell him and whatever he thought was good, he would talk about it and stuff.”
He said he always looked forward to the morning walk so he went to bed early just so he can have enough rest for the 5 am walk with the president, adding “My dad is a man of time. If he says ‘5 o’clock, I’m going’, whether you are up or not, he’ll go.”
Recounting what happened on the sad day when his father passed away, Sam Mills said he was left in utter shock when he received the news that he had lost his dad.
“It was shocking because I spoke to him that morning… I was actually in the house. I had gone upstairs to wake him up and he was like ‘not today. I can’t. I just want to rest.’ So I went back to my room. The ambulance came. I just thought it was just like he needed to go because whenever he is leaving, there is a set of convoy and there is an ambulance so I thought it was just normal. So I was quite shocked when I got the phone call.”
On the funeral ceremony, the Construction Management student said: “I was happy about the way Ghanaians mourned… I was happy that my father who was the father of the country had brought this dome of peace over the country.”
Clearing the air on his relationship with his step mother, Mrs. Naadu Mills, Sam Mills said all the stories in newspapers about the bad blood between them are untrue and mere fabrications.
“You see, this is what politics brings about. I was there and they were writing articles that I was living in the UK on the streets of London and I beg for money.. I love my step-mum… She was there for my father. I respect her greatly.”
On his allegiance to Ghana and the UK, Sam said: “My heart is definitely in Ghana. I love the UK. It’s done a lot for me. I love Ghana, I love UK as well but ultimately in my heart, it is Ghana. That is where in the future I would like to settle down.”
Asked if he has any political ambitions, Samuel Mills said after sharing the thought with his dad, he was encouraged to go for whatever ambitions he had but he however indicated that for the moment he has no such interest and that he would rather concentrate on his books.
Source: BBC/XYZ News
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