Jon Benjamin, who is very active on social media especially Twitter, has come under intense criticism for commenting on issues many say are beyond his jurisdiction.
One of tweets which appeared to be mocking former President John Mahama for his many projects ahead of the inauguration, did not sit well with some Ghanaians who took to social media to express their anger.
Aside this development, there have been a number of criticisms by Ghanaian politicians who have argued that Jon Benjamin has no business meddling in local politics.
But speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mr. Benjamin made a strong case for commenting on these developments, saying “there is a way to go through a three-year posting without causing any controversy or ruffling any feathers and that is to sit in your office, say nothing, do nothing and maybe hide under the desk metaphorically and what’s the point in that?”
He further explained that most of his tweets are mostly for persons seeking clarification on pertinent issues.
“A lot of the time, I am answering questions people put to me but what I don’t do is to engage in personal insults and call people the sort of epithets that I get called and I think it is very sad when people descend to that level,” said Jon Benjamin.
According to him, most of his activities, which would largely be viewed as “traditional diplomacy” were done behind the scenes.
“Everyone concentrates on the fact that I’ve been active on social media but what you see in public in its entirety is actually the smaller part of what we do. Most of what I do is still defined as traditional diplomacy, it’s behind the scenes, it’s not known, it is government to government negotiations, it is dealing with bilateral issues that come up…”
I’ve grown to love Ghana
Reminiscing his stay in Ghana, Mr. Benjamin said:”I think Ghana is a country I’ve grown to love enormously. I’m going to miss being here and observing what goes on here. Both I personally and the UK want nothing more than the very best possible future for Ghana.”