Former President, Jerry John Rawlings has described President John Mahama as a stubborn character, who hardly puts into practice what he is advised to do.
In a brief interview with media men immediately after the 58th Independence Anniversary Parade at the Independence Square, the former President suggested that the president may not be heeding to advice and good counsel from experts and experienced people whose contribution could help the country develop.
“He listens… but whether he puts into practice what he is hearing is what I'm not too sure of,” he said.
According to the former president, the people around the President could not entirely be held responsible for the challenges facing the country, suggesting that the president could also not escape blame.” I think he's quite an obstinate character too,” he said of the sitting president.
He said the President may be doing his best in the current circumstance but could do a lot better to improve the lives of Ghanaians adding, there are areas of visible achievements that Ghanaians can point to as well as major challenges.
“There are pluses and minuses; there are areas of achievements and there are areas where we are suffering serious drawbacks,” the longest serving Head of State in Ghana's history noted.
The former Military Leader also commended the President for using his address to touch on sensitive issues such as ethnocentrism and religious cohesion.