Five times Mahama made news for the wrong reasons abroad

Five times Mahama made news for the wrong reasons abroad

President John Mahama frequently travels outside the country for government business and for pleasure sometimes.

Here are five times that he made news for the wrong reasons while abroad:

1. When he attended an anti-corruption summit in London this year

Five times Mahama made news for the wrong reasons abroad

Everything was going well when President Mahama attended an anti-corruption summit organised by the UK government in London in May until he came face to face with BBC journalist Peter Nwokoche. When the journalist asked him if he had ever received a bribe, the president appeared to hesitate before responding in the negative. The development provoked national criticism back home, with many Ghanaians questioning why he hesitated in answering the question if he had indeed not received a bribe before.

2. "Dead goat syndrome"

Five times Mahama made news for the wrong reasons abroad

John Mahama

During an interaction with the Ghanaian community in Bostwana in 2015, President Mahama was asked how he would deal with strikes by trade unions ahead of elections in 2016..

He replied that he had seen more demonstrations and strikes in his first two years and that he did not think it could get worse.

“It is said that when you kill a goat and you frighten it with a knife, it doesn’t fear the knife because it is dead already. I have a dead goat syndrome,” he said.

That earned him the nickname ‘dead goat’ and prompted a section of the public to describe him as uncaring.

3. Visit to Scottish parliament

Five times Mahama made news for the wrong reasons abroad

The President was criticised when he visited the Scotiish parliament in April 2016 by pro-gay minority MPs over Ghana's anti-homosexuality laws. A picture of the first gentleman and other top government functionaries looking forlorn went viral on social media, drawing questions as to why president Mahama accepted the invitation in the first place, especially as he was made the sit in the gallery.

4. Holidaying in Dubai

Five times Mahama made news for the wrong reasons abroad

After relentlessly calling on Ghanaians to patronise made-in-Ghana goods in 2014, President Mahama proceeded to travel to Dubai for his holidays. This prompted some members of the public to describe his conduct as hypocritical. The president appeared to take note of the criticism as he spent his 2015 holidays in his hometown of Bole Bamboi.

5. CNN photo op.

Five times Mahama made news for the wrong reasons abroad

While attending the UN general assembly in 2013, President Mahama headed to the studios of CNN in Atlanta for an interactive session.

After the interview, the president posed for pictures in front of the building. This drew condemnation from many Ghanaians who deemed his conduct unpresidential.

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