Former President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana has refuted assertions credited to him by an online news platform and other Nigerian newspaper that he took on the federal government and also criticised it for not being decisive on those found guilty of corruption.
Rawlings, in a statement by a director in his office, Navy Captain H. Afeku-Amenyo (rtd), described as scurillous, irresponsible and false a report by Premium Times that he criticised the government of Nigeria for its failure to punish politicians who stole public funds.
"President Rawlings did deliver the keynote address on "Emerging Democracies in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities", at conference organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja on Monday, June 17, the statement explained but denied that his speech took on the apex government or the leadership of the country.
"Because of the gross distortions and falsehoods the entire report does portray a totally different representation of the fact as took place at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja on June 17," Rawlings’s image maker noted.
He added: "We have taken a very serious view of the publication because it is malicious, libellous and a very negative piece of journalism, which is calculated to bring the image of President Rawlings into disrepute and so we demand a retraction of the publication."
The former Ghanaiain President also cautioned "other media which had inadvertently republished the said article to note that they would be held equally liable should we decide to take legal action on the matter."