President Jerry John Rawlings has revealed that in his early days as head of state of Ghana, he did not have any money in his bank account so somebody gave him $1 million cheque.
He said because money was not his thing, he threw the cheque casually on a workshop table.
“Eight years later, one of our comrades reminded me about the cheque and said we would need the money for something and I asked him to go look for it.
“Money was not my thing. Yes, we were poor enough as a country, but we were working day and night to making sure we put the country on a solid foundation for economic explosion. We had our pride and our dignity was not out for sale,” he said in an interview with Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper.
Rawlings was reacting to reports that emerged in the Nigerian media in the late 90s to the effect that he had received a $5 million gift from late Nigeria head of state, Sanni Abacha.
He said he had only received $2 million at a time Ghana was preparing for constitutional rule and “needed funds for some activities”.