General News of Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has in a meeting with Nigerian colleague General Abdulsalami Abubakar expressed concern about the challenges facing Ghana as well as the blatant display of hypocrisy by some of the countries in the West and their media in the handling of developments in Gaza and Ukraine.
The former President said while the global economic downturn is taking its toll, the fight against corruption is still one of the problems that confront Ghana and Africa.
“The government may be doing what it can,” he stated, “but quite frankly it needs to put in a little bit more effort.”
President Rawlings lamented the silence of the continent in the face of recent developments in Gaza and Ukraine. “Not too long ago I believe the AU used to solidarise with the Palestinian cause but the current silence in the light of the way Israel has treated the Palestinians recently and the near collapse of the Non Aligned Movement mean it is impossible for a greater part of the world’s population to be heard.”
The former President also lamented the slow reaction to the outbreak of Ebola in the West African Region and expressed the hope that the issue will be taken a little more seriously and efforts made to bring the crisis under control.
President Rawlings made these comments when former Nigerian President, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and his wife, Fati Lami paid a courtesy call on him at his Ridge office in Accra on Monday.
General Abubakar is in Ghana to deliver a lecture at the University of Education, Winneba where he received an honorary doctorate degree alongside President Rawlings from the same university.
The former Nigerian leader said the doctorate degree by the UEW was an honour not only to him but also to Nigeria, stating he was more elated to learn that the university was also honouring his friend, President Rawlings.
Present at the meeting were former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, Presidential Advisor Baba Kamara, UEW Vice Chancellor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw and Kofi Adams, spokesperson for President Rawlings and Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress.