Policy think tank, Strategic Thinkers Network, STRANEK has slammed UK’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin over what they termed ‘’provocative tweets’’.
According to STRANEK, The Commissioner must put a stop to his ‘’provocative tweets’’ to ensure that, an open and cooperative international relations between the two countries.
A statement issued by the policy think tank charged the Commissioner to channel his energy in ‘’harmonizing peace among political parties and Ghanaians in lieu of his provocative tweets.
Diplomacy, they say is “fundamentally working with people, bringing people together to deal with difficult issues” hence we believe it’s a serious business which it trickles down to one’s comported modus operandi.’’
Jon Benjamin has been described as a controversial diplomat due to his views and comments on issues especially on social media.
Below is the full statement
JON BENJAMIN’S PROVOCATIVE TWEETS NOT THE BEST- STRANEK
Observing from our end, it is one provocative tweet to another.
Poking of nose in affairs outside the scope of diplomacy. Such tweets from a United Kingdom High Commissioner and now former sends a rolling eyeball as we believe he should know his limits.
In advocating for an open and cooperative international relations, we at Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK) think the former UK High Commissioner to Ghana must halt on his provocative tweets.
It only breeds unwarranted tension and hatred. Provocative tweets such as “I’m in a non-V8 car which hasn’t been painted”; “Did someone inaugurate the Harmattan already” which particularly brought about a lot of controversy must be curbed by him.
We think he should divert his energy in harmonizing peace among political parties and Ghanaians in lieu of his provocative tweets. Diplomacy, they say is “fundamentally working with people, bringing people together to deal with difficult issues” hence we believe it’s a serious business which it trickles down to one’s comported modus operandi.
We don’t think our once colonial masters who have seen Ghana through the mill will endorse provocation from their diplomats. Harmony and good relations is the raison d’etre.
In order not to leapfrog the issue, we will pause here and hope that advise is taken in good faith by Former High Commissioner Jon Benjamin as he turns a new leaf. We are indeed all involved in building our motherland.
Nii Tettey Tetteh Executive Director
Charles Kwadade Deputy Executive Director