You don’t need friends, praise-singers to succeed; Amoako-Baah tells Mahama

Political scientist Dr. Richard Amoako-Baah has praised President John Mahama for the changes at the Flagstaff House which saw Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, fired.

The Head of Political Science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show that “sometimes it is not necessarily your friends who can help you achieve your target.”

Another Monday morning political shake-up has seen the exit of the Chief of Staff Douglas Prosper Bani. He will now cool off as an Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary, a position the political scientist believes is “compensatory”.

Mr. Bani will be replaced by Local Government Minister, Julius Debrah, who will be assisted by Mr. Jonny Osei Kofi.

Two weeks ago, the Executive Secretary to the President, Dr. Raymond Atuguba, and Communications Advisor, Ben Dotsei Malor were relieved of their duties.

Weighing in on the recent shake-up, Dr. Amoako-Baah, explained that the President is realizing that keeping friends and praise singers in kitchen cabinet is not the way to run an effective Presidency. 

NDC bigwig Alban Bagbin’s famous on-air quip to the president sums up party insider perception that the President is removed and remote.

A frustrated Badgin had said before he was appointed Majority Leader that since he couldn’t get to advise the government in private, he would start to do in public. He was complaining that despite his clout, he had no access to the President.

The new appointment of Local Government minister Julius Debrah as the Chief of Staff  is seen by Dr. Amoako-Baah as an attempt to bring in those inside the party to manage the president.

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