The Paramount Chief of Ekumfi Traditional Area, Odeefo Akyin VIII, has appealed to the conflicting parties involved in the quest for the autopsy report of the late President John Evans Atta-Mills to come together and seek amicable resolutions to the ongoing dispute.
Controversy has surrounded the accessibility of the autopsy report on the demise of Prof. Mills, fondly referred to as ‘Asomdwee hene’. The recent disputes, characterized by public exchanges, have been deemed ‘disgraceful and disgusting’ by Odeefo Akyin VIII, who stressed that the ongoing disagreements present a fractured image of the family.
During a press conference on Monday, Odeefo Akyin VIII expressed the belief that if any member of the extended family has reservations about the report, they could engage in constructive discussions with the immediate family to settle their differences rather than resorting to repeated media spats.
“The Nananom of Ekumfi believe that if the extended or any member of the family has issues with the report, they could jaw-jaw with the immediate family to have their disagreement settled once and for all, instead of the recurring media banter. Nananom wish to state that the raging back-and-forth wrangling is not just appalling but also disgraceful and disgusting; projecting the family as a disintegrated one,” remarked Odeefo Akyin VIII.
On January 13, 204, the family of the late former President, Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills, called on President Akufo-Addo to furnish them with the autopsy report, expressing concern over the unknown cause of his death. They emphasized the significance of obtaining the report for closure and historical records.
Odeefo Akyin VIII lamented the lack of collaboration between Prof. Mills’ siblings and the state to address the matter, pointing out that certain narratives have negatively impacted the community of Ekumfi. He conveyed a desire for Prof. Mills’ family to work harmoniously with the state to bring the issue to a resolution and allow the late President to rest in peace.