Prof Aning Commends Mahama’s Tolerance, Says “I Criticised Him But I Slept Soundly”

Prof Aning Commends Mahama’s Tolerance, Says “I Criticised Him But I Slept Soundly”

  • Security Analyst Professor Kwesi Aning has commended former President John Mahama as a tolerant former head of state
  • Prof Aning said although he criticised Mr Mahama heavily, he never worried about possible repercussions
  • Speaking at a lecture to honour late former president John Evans Atta Mills, Prof Aning said leaders must be tolerant of divergent views on issues of national security

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Security Analyst Professor Kwesi Aning has celebrated former president John Mahama’s tolerance, revealing that he went to bed without concerns after criticising him.

John Mahama Aning
L-R: John Mahama and Prof Kwesi Aning. Source: UGC
Source: UGC

The Director at the Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) said improving national security was about leaders being tolerant of different ideas and opinions. In his view, the former president John Mahama embodied these characteristics.

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The astute security analyst showered these accolades on the former president while delivering an address at the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Lecture for Central and Western Regions.

“I want to celebrate and salute former President John Mahama. I criticised him, and he knows it. I never spared him. But I also slept soundly.

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“I criticised the former president so much that every time he came to the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre, he said, ‘Let me see if Kwesi is there so that I can recognise him, so he doesn’t criticise me’. So, thank you very much,” he said about the former president who was seated among the guest.

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In his speech, Prof Aning said Ghana needs to consciously work towards improving its national security. He urged state security institutions to be responsive to the public and transparent.

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In his estimation, Ghana’s security forces are not on top of their mandate to protect citizens. He said the security forces are instead putting greater fear among citizens. He cited the Ejura, Nkoransa, and most recent national protests.

He said good governance must manage diversity and be tolerant of diversity, criticism, and alternative viewpoints.

Professor Aning said transparency and participatory governance is essential for the public to engage with, question, and hold elected officials accountable. He said Professor John Evans Atta Mills stood out in all of these.

Viral video of 4 robbers attacking a lady at her home puts fear in Ghanaians has previously reported on a viral video of four armed robbers storming the home of a lady and attacking her. The video has gotten many Ghanaians on social media expressing fear about rising insecurity.

In the 2:20m video shared by a Twitter user @Blackkdna on Wednesday, June 28, 2022, a lady can be seen driving into her home at night after another young lady opens the main gate for her. But before the gate could be closed, the hooded robbers stormed the house brandishing guns and machetes.

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The robbers went straight to the car that had just entered the house and ordered the woman to come out. It appears the lady out of fear refused to come out but this only piqued the robbers.

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