The President of Ghana , Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed deep sadness over the death of one of the country's great politician, Joseph Henry Mensah.

The veteran statesman reportedly died Thursday at the 37 Military Hospital where he had been on admission for sometime now, suffering from stroke.

A statement on the official twitter space of Nana Addo read;

"I am greatly saddened by the news of the death of Joseph Henry Mensah, affectionately ‘JH’ to me and many, many others. Ghana has lost a staunch patriot, a fine public servant, and a genuine democrat".

"I have lost one of my greatest mentors, and a valued and trusted counsellor – one who has been a source of inspiration and wise counsel for me, for well over 40 years, until the unfortunate illness of his last year. I am bereft that I cannot have access to JH again".

"Huge, brilliant mind, vast experience, he had an unrelenting commitment to the rapid development of Ghana, and believed firmly in the capacity of the Ghanaian people to build a progressive and prosperous nation".

"My deepest condolences to his children, family, and to the New Patriotic Party, whose ideals and principles he espoused with such passion, wit, and eloquence. Wonderful man".

"May his soul rest and abide in the bosom of the Almighty until the Last Day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again".

Mr J.H. Mensah was appointed Minority leader in the second Parliament of the fourth Republic and later a Majority leader in the first term of the Kufour administration in 2001 while a member of Parliament (MP) for the Sunyani East Constituency.

He served in various ministerial positions under different governments as a leading economist.

Mr J.H. Mensah attended Achimota School.He furthered his studies at the University of the Gold Coast (now University of Ghana, Legon) between 1948 and 1954.

Mark F. / silveronline24 / SilverFM

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