Some Ghanaians have demanded that Oliver Barker-Vormawor, Convenor of the #FixTheCountryMovement, produce a tape recording that allegedly contains an offer of $1,000,000.00 made to him by the Minister for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah, and other government officials to stop his “activism.”
Mr Barker-Vormawor claimed in an interview that government officials, including Mr Kan Dapaah; the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, and a top Military General had offered him the money to cease his activism, but he rejected it in defense of Ghana’s democracy.
However, the Ministry of National Security in a statement rejected the claims describing it as ” false, unfounded, and a calculated attempt to hoodwink Ghanaians.”
The Ministry, while acknowledging that 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,” stated, “emphatically that no offer of money or appointment was made to persuade the group to end its ‘activism’.”
In response to the ministry’s denial, Mr Barker-Vomawor in an interview with Joy News on Saturday insisted on having a tape recording of an alleged exclusive secret meeting with the Minister of National Security, even before the first FixTheCountry protest in 2021.
This contradicts his earlier claim that the meeting was between him, the leadership of Fix the Country, the Ministers for National Security and Finance, and a top Military General.
But a Sustainability, Climate and Social Innovation Advisor, Enam Akoetey, who was on the same show with Mr Barker-Vormawor questioned the integrity of the Fix the Country movement Convener, asking him why it has taken two years to talk 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 that 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.
Meanwhile, some Ghanaians have since, Saturday, also taken to social media to challenge Mr Barker-Vomawor to provide details of the alleged meeting and produce the said tape.