Ex-president John Mahama says government officials are intolerant to divergent opinions, singling out the bashing he received from government over his pro-galamsey comments last week in Kumasi.

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But he was heavily criticised by government with the Lands and Natural Resource Minister John Peter Amewu leading the charge.

He described the ex-president as a "conman."

Speaking in Bolga on Saturday, Mr Mahama described what he says is the government's inability to take criticism.

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He said: “Unfortunately it looks like the current people in government cannot take criticism. When you offer any decision, they call you all kinds of unprintable names but I was not brought up to use unprintable names against my political opponents.”