Old officials of the Nana Addo government have been accused of behaving like “messengers” who do not have the balls to make suggestions to the president.
This is according to Andew Awuni, a presidential spokesperson under the erstwhile president John Kufuor administration.
According to him, some “old men” around the president are his age-mates and must be confident enough to tell him off when he’s going wrong.
Speaking about the issue of vililantism by some groups of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Awuni said the president needs “bold” advisers to be able to govern the country with proactivity.
He told Class FM: “[Nana Addo] has got to put together a group of people who will not be afraid to say: ‘Mr President let’s do this and let’s do it right".
“Not all these old men who are always kowtowing [to him]. Some people who are actually his age mates are behaving like messengers to him and I keep saying it and they fight me all the time, we’ve got to stop it. He went on to suggest that advisory roles should not be based on age, citing the scenario in the USA between President Donald Trump and his son who is below the age of 30 being his adviser.
According to Mr Awuni, who serves as Executive Director of the Centre for Freedom and Accuracy, most advisors to the president simple lack the confidence to put issues to him.