President J.E.A Mills at the airport prior to his departure to the US
The President of Ghana, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, was widely speculated to have died on Saturday night, especially on social media networks, however, it turned out to be a palpable falsehood.
President Mills popped up at the Kotoka International Airport in the company of Vice President John Dramani Mahama and some ministers. Having heard of the rumour of his death, the President in a brief statement dispelled it, saying he was on his way to the US for “medical check-up.”
has transcribed what the President actually said prior to his departure as well as attached an audio clip (click on the icon right under the headline) of Mills’ statement:
President Mills speaks
: “I heard about this [death] sometime ago and I said what is happening. Indeed, this is not the first time that I have heard people say this about me. Let me just say that I’m very, very strong and I don’t know the basis for saying that I am dead.
“Well, let me just say that under our Constitution, the President has a duty to inform Parliament [to inform them] whenever he is going outside the country. Sometimes it is not even necessary to give you the details.
“What I have decided to do is to go for medical check-up. So I’m going for a few days and then come back. I’m able to sit down with the doctors and talk about things. Of course, there are all kinds of certain things which I believe I can strengthen myself for.
“Let me tell you [in] six months we are going to work very, very, very, very, very, very hard. I remember the last time when I came back from the G8, he [Vice President John Mahama] had been in Sunyani and when I spoke to him he wasn’t well at all, he wasn’t well at all and when I came back from G8 as far as I’m concerned this is nothing I will say calls for something by all Ghanaians. I’m only going there to make sure that yes we look at this and that that that… and come back to continue the work that I’m going to do.
“You look at me as a person, are you seeing the person who has died.”