National Security Advisor, Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, has revealed that the late President John Evans Atta Mills had wanted to resign from office due to the persistent disparaging comments directed at him.
Speaking on Radio Gold a few days after the death of Prof Mills, General Nunoo-Mensah speculated that though the late president “appeared strong publicly, the insults may have gotten to him.”
The retired senior military officer added that President Mills believed strongly that his duty to serve the nation was one instructed by God. This motivated him to stay in office against the First Lady’s desire for him to step down.
Gen. Nunoo-Mensah also disclosed that at a point, Mills’ resilience could however not withstand the vitriolic verbal attacks.
He added, that his many conversations with Mills revealed the late president’s distress over the constant abuse he suffered. The National Security Advisor said the late president complained on many occasions, asking why he was the subject of such vitriol when he was only trying to do his best under difficult circumstances.
“I advised Mills to stay strong and to not step down. But there is a limit to what anyone can bear” added Gen. Nunoo-Mensah
“We talked a lot about life and things that were personal to him and funny enough we shared the same views. When I look at my background and his background, we have so many things in common. We used to share ideas and I liked to encourage him. He used to complain saying ‘I haven’t done anything but they keep heaping insults on me and abusing me.’ Then I tell him, Mr. President, I want to urge you to read the book of Job. They tore Job into pieces but he didn’t abandon God,” he noted.
Some reports had indicated that the late president’s wife advised him to step down because of ill-health.