Director of European Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has lashed out at former President Jerry John Rawlings for his continuous abuse on his successors.
According to the outspoken academic, Mr Rawlings who has been involved in various kinds of corrupt practices during his 19 year rule has been forgiven by Ghanaians hence his anger over the abuse and accusation of corruption by Mr. Rawlings of other presidents that have come after him.
The Former military ruler last week launched a verbal attack on two Former Presidents who ruled the country after him.
Mr. Rawlings who described former President Kufuor as ‘evil’ and former President Mahama as a ‘rogue’ accused them of destroying the country, adding that he will gladly join satan in hell should they (Mahama and Kufuor) make heaven.
Mr Rawlings made these statements when the chiefs and people of Mepe in the North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region 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.
However, in a statement signed by the Communications Directorate of the office of Former President Rawlings, the former president apologized to fellow former Heads of State, John Kufuor and John Mahama, for insulting them and ostensibly calling them corrupt.
Reacting to the apology, Prof Gyampo indicated that although Mr Rawlings has apologised, he must be told that he cannot continue abusing people.
“Rawlings speaks as if he is sacrosanct but he is not. There were several corrupt practices under his administration. I remember he issued a white paper to counteract a report by CHRAJ that indicted some of his officials in various corruption scandals.
“He and his wife abused the rights of Ghanaians, but in all of these Ghanaians have forgiven them, yet he continues to talk this way.
“He also engaged in several corrupt practices right from the AFRC days through to PNDC/NDC days but we have forgiven him, yet he continues to behave this way”, Prof Gyampo said.
He added: “Sometimes, I feel disappointed in the various civil society groups, the Christian Council of Ghana, the chiefs and other traditional leaders who are unable to tell him that his way of doing things are questionable.”