A tape recording said to include the $1,000,000 offer from the Minister for National Security and other government officials has been demanded by certain Ghanaians from #FixTheCountry convenor Oliver Barker-Vormawor.
In a television interview, Mr. Barker-Vormawor said that top military generals, the Minister of National Security, the Minister of Finance, and other government officials offered him money to stop his activity, but he turned them down out of support for Ghana’s democracy.
But in a statement issued on September 22, the Ministry of National Security refuted the allegations, calling them “false, unfounded, and a calculated attempt to dupe Ghanaians.”
Even though the “Ministers for National Security and Finance and other relevant stakeholders, in 2021, engaged the convenors of the Fix the Country Movement to listen to their concerns,” the Ministry emphasized that “no offer of money or appointment was made to persuade the group to end its “activism”.”
Even before the first Fix the Country demonstration in 2021, Mr. Barker-Vomawor maintained in a Joy News interview that he needed a tape recording of an alleged exclusive secret meeting with the Minister of National Security.
Enam Akoetey, a sustainability, climate, and social innovation advisor, however, questioned Mr. Barker-Vormawor’s credibility while they were both on the Joy News program, asking him why it took two years to discuss about the said tape.
“There are a lot of claims going out and I am saying that they are all about integrity. If you are saying that a lot of people called you to say that don’t publish something, the question is if you are a person who is value-driven, would you listen to them or say I hear what you are asking me to do but it is the wrong thing so I am going to defy you and publish?”
“So why would it take him two to three years for him to publish this audio?” she asked.
Since then, on Saturday, some Ghanaians have challenged Mr. Barker-Vomawor on social media to reveal specifics of the claimed encounter and provide the aforementioned recording.