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Attempts were made to kill me after Limann handing over – Rawlings recounts


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Ghana's former president John Jerry Rawlings attends the inauguration of former president Thomas Sankara memorial at the Conseil de l'Entente in Ouagadougou on March 2, 2019.

DATE:21/10/2019

Former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has opened up about how his life was almost taken after he handed over power to Hilla Limann in 1979.

According to Rawlings, the attempts became so much that he was forced to leave Ghana for his own safety but he refused to do so.

Speaking at the 75th-anniversary celebration of the formation of the Mine Workers Union in Ghana, former President Rawlings alleged that Ghana’s Intelligence Agencies with support from the west wanted to bury him alive.

“After my handover to Limann’s government in 1979, there were many by the intelligence machinery in the collaboration with the Western Embassies to persuade me to leave the country as they had done with the other colleagues.

Rawlings revealed that his refusal to leave the country caused various assassination plots against him.

“My refusal to do so unleashed an avalanche of fabrications designed to assassinate my character as a prelude to my physical elimination. The Western Intelligence machinery threatened to bury me alive and they very nearly succeeded.”

 

Prior to becoming the first President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana in 1992, Rawlings led two coup d’etats – first in 1979 and second in 1981, 31 December, to overthrow the regimes of General F. K. Akuffo of the Supreme Military Council II and President Hilla Limann of People’s National Party, respectively.

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