President John Mahama should take the criticism of his government in good faith and must be wary of praise singers, businessman Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has said.
The leader of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has advised Mahama to stomach the public backlash against his government and be mindful of his appointees who have adopted “aggressive attitude” in dealing with issues.
“It is that so far, after observing our results as a nation for more than two years, I do not trust his government to do the right things for Ghana. Again, it is not personal. I like him as a person. He is affable. I just do not like his government’s management of the affairs of our dear country. I don’t like the negative posture and overly aggressive attitude of some of his appointees,” the entrepreneur said in a Facebook post.
“Their approach to doing things has done damage to the country. The things I hold dear – education, health, the economy, energy – that is what I am talking about. It is not about Mahama.”
Below is his full unedited post:
A STRONG, POSITIVE OPPOSITION IS GOOD FOR GHANA!
A critical mind with a positive objective is good. When I am critical of President John Dramani Mahama, I am being a good citizen. When I criticize, I offer alternatives, solutions to better the situation. It is the ones who know something is not right, or is going wrong but look on unconcerned or decide they do not care, or do not want to face a backlash or want to see the President and the nation fail who we should be worried about.
So the President and his supporters must not be defensive about criticism as that is different from throwing mud at people or insulting them. This is not personal. Ghana needs a strong opposition. Every country, every democracy benefits from a strong opposition. Speaking out when I disagree with him does not mean I hate or don’t like President Mahama.
It is that so far, after observing our results as a nation for more than two years, I do not trust his government to do the right things for Ghana. Again, it is not personal. I like him as a person. He is affable. I just do not like his government’s management of the affairs of our dear country. I don’t like the negative posture and overly aggressive attitude of some of his appointees.
Their approach to doing things has done damage to the country. The things I hold dear – education, health, the economy, energy – that is what I am talking about. It is not about Mahama.
I wish to encourage good people to stand up and define the argument.
And yes, I can find a way to do business with him where we agree. For now, however those areas are limited because of the huge differences between the actions of his administration and what I would do.
I am in politics to make Ghana a better place. It will be a better place if the voice of opposition is heard. There is a strong need for change and progressive politics.
An Entrepreneur, Corporate Communications Executive and Philanthropist. Editor-in-Chief of www.233times.com. A Senior Journalist with Ghanaian Chronicle Newspaper. An alumnus of Adisadel College where he read General Arts. He holds first degree in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ghana; Political Science (major) and History (minor). In 2015, he won a £35,000 postgraduate scholarship to study MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Energy with Public Relations (PR) at the Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom. He is a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow who studied at Clark Atlanta University in USA on the Business and Entrepreneurship track. His mentors are Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Sam Jonah, Kwaku Sakyi Addo and Piers Morganview all posts by: Nana Kwesi Coomson
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