President John Dramani Mahama has boldly declared that he has never accepted a bribe. The President, who’s in London to partake in the Anti-Corruption Summit being organised by the UK Government, said this in response to a direct question posed by a BBC Journalist.
In an interview with the BBC on the sidelines of the summit, President Mahama said, “Any human being would have encountered corruption in one way or the other. What you need to do is to put yourself in a position to (resist it)”, the President noted.
But when asked was specifically asked if he had ever taken a bribe before, the President was quick to say no, “I haven’t taken a bribe.”
Before leaving for the summit, President Mahama said, “the London Summit provides an opportunity to demonstrate once again the measures we have been adopting to strengthen our fight against corruption, combat money laundering and counter the financing of terrorism.”
While in London, President Mahama will meet with his Co-Chair of the UN Eminent Persons Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and host an ‘Accounting to the People’ Forum for Ghanaians living in the UK on Friday.
John Mahama’s political career
President John Mahama once served as a Member of Ghana’s Parliament, a Deputy Minister of Communications, and the substantive Minister of Communications before he became Vice President, and ultimately the President.
Nigeria, Afghanistan ‘fantastically corrupt’ – David Cameron
President Mahama’s comments come after the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, described Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” on the sidelines of the anti-corruption summit.
David Cameron in a conversation with the Queen as part of this week’s anti-corruption summit in London said, “We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world,” Mr Cameron said.
Asked whether the PM knew he was being filmed, Number 10 said: “There were multiple cameras in the room.”