As President, John Mahama has certainly done a lot of good things that have endeared him to many Ghanaians and won him many more supporters.
But some of his actions have also been very shocking and unbelievable. Even after Mahama leaves office, the following three things he did will always be remembered:
1. Accepting of Guantanamo Bay detainees (Gitmo 2)
Mahama's decision to settle two Guantanamo Bay ex-detainees with alleged ties to Al Qaeda, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih, in Ghana provoked a firestorm of controversy and outrage.
Many Ghanaians expressed fear that the move would undermine Ghana’s internal security and expose the country to attacks from religious extremists. They accused the president of putting the interest of others ahead of the safety and security of Ghanaians. Some described the move as the worst policy decision of the Mahama administration.
2. Releasing of Montie 3
The president's decision to free the Montie 3 who were jailed four months for contempt by the Supreme Court is another decision that shocked many Ghanaians. Following the decision, many Ghanaians accused him of putting his party, the NDC, ahead of the nation. It one decision that Ghanaians will continue to debate for years to come.
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3. Accepting Ford Expedition vehicle
Given Mahama's aggressive anti-corruption posturing since he took office, it came as a huge surprise when a Joy FM investigation report revealed that he had received a Ford Expedition vehicle from a Burkina Faso businessman. Many Ghanaians deemed the vehicle to be a bribe, especially after the businessman won two lucrative government contracts. The issue has since become a blot on his legacy.
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