Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kwaku Baako Jnr has described former President Jerry John Rawlings as someone with a fantastic personality.
The avouched critic of the former Ghana leader and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said although he does not agree with the political leanings of the former Military Leader, he still admires his personality.
“I have said it that I have nothing personal against Mr Rawlings, when it comes to personality, he is one of the best socially…he has a fantastic sense of humour, he mixes up very well…,” he said.
These accolades notwithstanding, Kweku Baako said former President Rawlings is ‘very detestable’ when it comes to politics.
He and his wife, he said, are the last persons he expects to talk about the issue of corruption as the two are deep rooted in the canker.
Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings addressing the 38th Anniversary of the June 4 Coup d’état in Upper West Regional capital of Wa said the level of corruption in Ghana currently is a thousand times more than what prevailed during the time of the coup d’état.
“Let me remind people that we could not have possibly forgotten that generals were executed in 1979 in the rage and anger because of corruption. The greed, corruption and injustice of today believe it or not are a thousand times more than what these generals were executed for.
“And if we are unable to restore a fair measure of integrity into our dealings, then the blood of many would have been shared in vain. If we cannot get our cloths off and allow for fresh leadership to emerge then we shall sink even further,” former President Rawlings said.
Reacting to this claim of the former President on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo programme, Kweku Baako Jnr said he believes the former leader should be the last person to preach about corruption.
The belief, he said stems from the fact that he gets easily infuriated when he listens to the former President ‘preaching’ that there is too much corruption in Ghana than existed before his much acclaimed June 4, 1979 Coup d’état.
“He is very hypocritical politically and he is the last person that Ghanaians should listen to preaching sermons of corruption…taking corruption lectures from Rawlings is equal to going to a brothel to take lessons on morality,” he said.
The former President, he added, when asked to account for his stewardship during his era rather replied that anyone seeking to know about what he did in office with the monies from the state coffers must consult the Akonadi shrine since that is where there is ‘genuine accountability’.
“Ask him about accountability, has he made an attempt to render accounts of his stewardship during the AFRC era…when Limann asked him, he called on all to go to Akonadi shrine and ask for accounts because that is where we would see the disbursement and expenditure…,” Kweku Baako said.