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Ghana/Nigeria: Historical parallels

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The death last Tuesday of Ghana’s President Atta Mills again draws close parallels with developments in Nigeria. Only  two years ago Nigeria lost its own President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, in his first term in office after a protracted illness just as the late Ghanaian President, Atta Mills, who died under almost similar circumstances.

Mills was a lecturer like Nigeria’s Yar’Adua. Like Yar`Adua, who had an overbearing “godfather” in the person of Olusegun Obasanjo, Mills had a godfather in Jerry Rawlings, the messianic Ghanaian former ruler.

It is also remarkable that Obasanjo sought for himself the image of a messiah. Even more noteworthy was that the godfathers of both Yar`Adua and Mills were both former military rulers of their respective countries who helped to stabilize democracy in their two countries as two term civilian Presidents.

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