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‘Intolerant’ Akufo-Addo must accept criticisms – John Maham

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Former president John Dramani Mahama has offered a word of advice to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his appointees to be tolerant enough to absorb all manner of criticisms from the public.

“One of the things you need to be a good leader is the ability to listen and to tolerate criticisms. When I was president, I was probably one of the most criticized and insulted president. But the mark of good leadership is that, you maintain your calm and you maintain your focus” he said.

Mr. Mahama said this when he addressed supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Bolgatanga in Upper East Regional after he led hundreds of former appointees under his administration, present and past Members of Parliament, executives, sympathisers and supporters of the NDC in the Upper East Region’s edition of the party’s Unity Walk last Saturday.

The former president said the characteristics of a good leader include tolerance and ability to accept criticisms but unfortunately, those characteristics are not found in President Nana Addo and his appointees.

“Unfortunately, it looks like the current people in government cannot take criticisms. When you offer any decision, they call you all kinds of unprintable names.

John Dramani Mahama was well known for his “dead goat syndrome” to withstand the many criticisms and unpalatable remarks rained on him during his tenure of office as president of Ghana. This he said he was able to withstand due to his upbringing.

“I was not brought up to use unprintable names against my political opponents. The language you use in your political discourse is a reflection of your upbringing. If you were brought up well it might reflect in the language that you use in your political discourse.” He contended.

By: Joshua Asaah|A1radioonline.com|Ghana|101.1Mhz

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