President John Dramani Mahama met one of his passionate critics in Ghana politics, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Prof. Emmanuel Martey in Sunyani on Sunday.
The two came face to face for the first time in many months at the 30th anniversary of the Brong Ahafo Presbytery.
Prof. Martey has been a staunch critic of President Mahama’s administration and is noted for his famous call for people of vision and wisdom to lead the country. “Nyansafo? mo w? hen?” he had called out.
Pictures from the event showed that they had a hearty albeit brief conversation to the admiration of the public.
In a radio interview on Takoradi based Twin City Radio Wednesday morning, President Mahama responded to a question on how he felt when he met and hugged Prof Martey.
“Professor Martey is a respected clergyman and I consider him as my father. I attended the 30th anniversary of the Brong Ahafo Presbytery and of course he was presiding and he was full of humour, he preached a very good sermon and I respect him and he continues to be my friend, I think that we need to have a spirit of acceptance.”
President Mahama continued, “I’m a leader who accepts criticisms and so I have nothing against anybody who criticizes me and I have continued to extend a warm hand of friendship to even those who are my political opponents.”
“I believe that not one person has all the wisdom of this world and you must be open to the fact that somebody might be right and you are not right and so I embrace everybody. I was happy to see him, I haven’t seen him in a long time and I was happy to see him,” he said.