The late President John Evans Atta Mills, who was the Commander-in -Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), was yesterday buried with full military honours at the Geese Park, now called Asomdwe (Peace) Park, adjacent to the Independence Square in Accra.
He was buried after a two-hour funeral service at the Independence Square attended by at least a dozen Presidents and delegations from various parts of the world.
The casket was lowered at 15:15 hours.
The Most Rev. Emmanuel Asante, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, performed the committal.
The Right Reverend Francis Amenu, Moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana, then said the final prayer and benediction.
President John Dramani Mahama, former First, Lady Ernestina Naadu Mills, family members, former President Jerry John Rawlings, Ministers of State, politicians and thousands of people witnessed the burial.
Earlier, the Independence Square and the streets leading to the square were soaked in a sea of red and black as mourners paid their last respects to the late President who distinguished himself as a “King of Peace”.
President Mahama led the nation to accord his predecessor a befitting funeral.
Tens of thousands of people lined some principal streets of Accra to bid the late President farewell. They waved and wailed as the cortege passed.
A number of mourners, including a “Borborbor” group, drummed, sang and marched the full distance with the cortege to the burial grounds to end three days of State funeral accorded President Mills, 68, who passed away suddenly on July 24.
The Military had taken over the casket containing the body of the late Commander-in-Chief after the funeral service.
The casket of late President Mills was placed on a gun carriage with eight pallbearers of Brigadier-General rank walking by it.
Security personnel who also lined the streets in a show of respect were swallowed up by the huge crowd. The cortege was escorted by a Ghana Air Force helicopter.
At the Geese Park, now Asomdwe Park, the casket was taken from the gun carriage and carried by Warrant Officers of the Ghana Air Force and placed on the grave.
The military buglers sounded the Last Post amidst the booming of a 21-gun salute by a detachment of personnel of the 66 Artillery Regiment of the GAF.
There was a fly-past by three Ghana Air Force jets ejecting long plumes of smoke in the national colours of red, gold and green, with Ghana Navy ships also performing ceremonial manoeuvres on the shoreline behind the Independence Square.
He lay in state at the Banquet Hall of the State House from Wednesday morning when it was moved from the 37 Military Hospital and sent through his private residence at the Regimanuel Gray Estate on the Spintex Road and the Castle, where he worked from January 7, 2009 until his death on July 24.
The political transition was completed last Monday when Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, the Vice-President nominated by President John Dramani Mahama, was vetted and approved by parliament and sworn in by the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Wood.
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