Radio personality Johnnie Hughes has questioned why President Akufo-Addo has not responded to Al Jazeera’s investigative report on Ghana’s gold mafia.
The report which has caused a stir in Ghanaian political and public discourse was the subject of a segment on 3FM’s Sunrise show, “Johnnie’s Bite.” ‘Johnnie’s Bite’ has taken a keen interest in the gold mafia documentary released by Al Jazeera with its investigative team on the segment probing further into rising matters concerning Al Jazeera’s report.
During the show, Hughes questioned the reluctance of President Akufo-Addo to respond to Al Jazeera’s report. It was gathered that the Presidency had earlier written to the news firm requesting an apology for including the President’s name in the documentary. However, Al Jazeera has refused to retract or apologize for the report.
In response to an email inquiry by the Johnnie’s Bite investigative team, Al Jazeera stated that they have corrected and clarified portions of the letter they wrote in response to the Presidency’s request for an apology. Narrating Al Jazeera’s response, Johnnie said, “Obroni says I won’t retract, and I won’t apologize. And in that letter, the presence of a certain tweet by one of the President’s lawyers found presence(spurious) in it”
Ghanaians are itching to hear a response from the Presidency after Al Jazeera refused to offer an apology. When we saw the response yesterday, we put it out there, and other media houses were claiming to have written to Al Jazeera, but the focus shouldn’t be on who wrote first. The focus should be on demanding from the government real answers before the issue gets flushed down the drain,” he hammered.