Former president Jerry John Rawlings has apologized to his successors, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Mahama for describing them as “evil” and “rogue”.
The former president had called the two ex-presidents corrupt while addressing chiefs and people of Mepe in the North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region who had paid a courtesy call on him to officially invite him to the final funeral rites of Mamaga Awusi Sreku II, queen of the Mepe Traditional Area.
According to Rawlings, he will leave heaven for Mahama and Kufuor if has to share the place with them because they are rogue and evil.
“I know with my integrity when I die, I will go to heaven but when I see these corrupt leaders, I will ask permission from God and flog them,” he said.
“If they don’t leave heaven for me, I will go and leave the heavens and join Satan in hell because I cannot stay in the same place with them.”
But in a statement released this morning, Mr. Rawlings said he withdraw his comments about his successors, as they are inappropriate.
The full statement below:
The office of former President Jerry John Rawlings wishes to inform the general public that the former President has taken due note of concerns raised over certain publications arising out of a meeting he held with a delegation of chiefs and elders from Mepe in the Volta Region last Tuesday.
The former President apologises to former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama for the choice of words. He deems the words as inappropriate and withdraws them.
Kobina Andoh Amoakwa