By Papisdaff Abdullah
Head of the Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has praised former President Mahama for his tolerance amid heavy criticism. Professor Kwesi Aning, a renowned security analyst says he had sound sleep despite his constant criticism of the erstwhile Mahama administration. “I criticised him and he knows it,” Prof Aning said at the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Lecture for Central and Western Regions. “I want to celebrate and salute former President John Mahama” he added.
According to him, the former Ghanaian leader was never spared by him, but also slept soundly. “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”, Prof Aning said in gratitude to Mahama. According to him, tolerance of criticisms and divergent views are essential security ingredients. “True security is for the farmer to wake up at 4 am and go to the farm without fear. “Proper security is about our mothers leaving at about 2:30 am, travelling 300 kilometres to go and shop, knowing they will get to that market and return home.
“True security is about ensuring that you can walk up to a police officer and say: ‘I am lost’, and he will not say, ‘how much would you want to pay.” He stressed “As democracy is distinct from autocracy, governance should be society-centred, including the private sector and, more critically, civil society.”