Former Interior Minister of Ghana, Prosper Bani has opened up on his tenure as a government official, insisting he did his best to leave the country in a peaceful state.

Mr. Bani was appointed as Ghana’s Minister of Interior by the erstwhile Mahama government in February 2016, having served as a development manager with the United Nations (UN).

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In an exclusive interview with, Mr. Bani said his role as interior Minister demanded that he made Ghana a country “devoid of violence”.

He added that, in his estimation, he did enough to ensure that the nation was peaceful.

“I came to the Ministry of Interior in February 2016. The President [former president Mahama] in his own wisdom tasked me, among other directives, to ensure that we work together with other security agencies to ensure a peaceful election,” Mr. Bani said.

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“[I was tasked to ensure there was] an election devoid of violence and to engage people to demonstrate and participate in the electoral process. And that is exactly what we did.”

The former Interior Minister also praised the security services for their efforts during the 2016 elections.

“We have under the Interior Ministry the Police, the Fire Service, Prisons service, NADMO and all security services. The role is to empower these institutions, provide them with the necessary confidence and logistics to be able to demonstrate their abilities." He explained.

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“I want to give credit to these security agencies that worked assiduously to ensure that we had a peaceful election. And this is the first election we have done without violence.”

Prosper Bani once served as the Chief of Staff, before serving as Ghana’s Interior Minister.