According to him, Rawlings’ confession that he accepted $2 million from former Nigerian President, Sani Abacha, after nearly 18 years of denial, should warrant forgiveness from Ghanaians
Following former President JJ Rawlings’ confession of accepting a sum of $2 million from Nigeria’s Abacha, there have of course, been backlashes from different angles against him. But Member of Parliament for New Juabeng North, Hackman Owusu-Agyeman has called on Ghanaians to ‘forgive’ the former President especially for the fact he has admitted to it.
According to him, Rawlings’ confession that he accepted $2 million from former Nigerian President, Sani Abacha, after nearly 18 years of denial, should warrant forgiveness from Ghanaians.
Mr Agyeman who now feels his efforts of leading calls for probe against the president back in 1998 has been vindicated, hailed Papa J for his bold move. Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Hackman said that Presidents as well as high political stakeholders should desist from “taking gifts from persons or money and everything like that.”
JJ Rawlings finally opened up on the Nigeria Bribery allegations which shook his regime back in 1998. While speaking on The Guardian Newspaper in Nigeria, Papa J admitted receiving the money from the then President of Nigeria in 1998, but said it was $2 million and not $5 million as alleged.
It would be recalled that the opposition NPP criticized Rawlings’ acceptance of some money from the then Nigerian President, Late Gen. Sani Abacha. They had pushed for a thorough parliamentary probe into the matter, just as they are doing now in the case of Mahama’s controversial car gift. But the NDC had put up a strong defence for Rawlings, when the matter was brought to the floor of Parliament, for investigations to be conducted by the then Speaker of Parliament, D. F. Annan.
But Mr. Owusu-Agyeman, who amidst all odds, had led calls for a probe against Rawlings, has called for closure on the matter. According to him, there is no need for further inquiry into the issue, as the former President has admitted to accepting the money.