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Nyantakyi’s comments about the Presidency must be probed - Fmr Sports Minister

By Clement Edward Kumsah

Former Youth and Sports Minister, Mahama Ayriga has said that to properly address the issues surrounding the Anas’ Number 12 which has since dented the image of the Ghana Football Association, Ghanaians must know exactly what the Akufo-Addo government is reacting to by their current actions.

Speaking on Accra based Citi FM, Mahama Ayariga asked if the incumbent government is reacting to football-related matters in the Anas’ expose or Kwesi Nyantakyi’s comment about the Presidency.

“We need to find out exactly what government is reacting to, is government reacting to the issues in football, because those issues have been there for long and due to state failures they have not been addressed them, and then there is this other dimension to Kwesi Nyantakyi’s representation on tape which has to with how the NPP functions, how the President, Vice and certain ministers functions.”

The former minister comment comes after Kwesi Nyantakyi issued an apology to President Akufo-Addo and vice President Mahamudu Bawumia over some comments he made in the undercover documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas which focused on corruption in Ghana football.

Kwesi Nayantakyi in a statement announcing his resignation as the head of Ghana’s football body rendered an unqualified apology to the President and his vice for making comments that demeaned their offices and caused them public embarrassment.

“I hereby apologise unreservedly to the father of the Nation, H.E. Nana Akufo Addo, H.E. the Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, Hon. Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State for indiscretion in associating them with the private conversations on the video.”

“I wish to apologise to my family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them “I wish to clarify that at no time prior to or subsequent to any deliberations on the video did I consult, contact or inform any Government official about discussions on the video. I take sole and personal responsibility for the proceedings on the video.”

However, Former Youth and Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga is of the view that, for the government to peruse and resolve the current happening in Ghana football, Nyantakyi’s comment about the Presidency must not be swept under the carpet irrespective of the fact that the Kwesi Nyantakyi has distanced his comment for the first and second gentlemen of Ghana.

"I think that a proper management of this situation will require that all these matters will be looked at, even though he has come out with a statement trying so hard to distance himself and his comment from the Presidency"

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