For that reason, he said Ghanaians must have Rawlings probed regarding his confession of collecting $2million from the then Nigerian President
Following Rawlings’ recent confession of collecting $2 million dollars from Nigeria’s Sani Abacha, anti-corruption crusader, Vitus Azeem, has called for further probing into the matter. Mr Azeem who feels that former President Jerry John Rawlings’ confession is not enough to save him, wants more probing to unravel the truth in his claims.
According to him, the gesture can constitute a corrupt act, if the said amount was offered to Papa J in return for a favour. For that reason, he said Ghanaians must have Rawlings probed regarding his confession of collecting $2million from the then Nigerian President.
Rawlings in 1998, was accused of allegedly taking $5 million from late Sani Abacha. The former President until a few days ago, neither confirmed nor denied the claim. He in a recent interview with Nigeria’s Guardian Newspaper, admitted receiving money from the Nigerian leader, but said it was $2million, and not $5 million as alleged.
While some have lauded Papa J for making the confessions, others like Mr. Azeem are calling for further probing into the issue. Mr. Azeem said that Ghanaians should not jump into conclusions, without getting some pertinent questions answered. According to him, questions like; why the Nigerian president gave Rawlings money, among other questions, need immediate answers before the matter can be closed.
Contrary to Azeem’s statements, Former MP for New Juabeng North, Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, called on Ghanaians to temper justice with mercy, concerning Papa J’s confessions. He was of the view that Rawlings’ admission that he accepted $2 million from Sani Abacha, after nearly 18 years of denial, should warrant forgiveness from Ghanaians.
Hackman who had led calls for probe against Rawlings back in 1998, had called for closure on the issue following his (Papa J) confessions. But Azeem obviously does not share the same view with him, as he has tons of questions for the former Ghanaian President.