Former President John Dramani Mahama has rejected claims that he has a net worth of $900 million.
Reports in some sections of the media in 2016, captured the former president as the 5th wealthiest person in Ghana in a list of 20 richest people in the country.
Speaking in an interview on South Africa based Power FM, the former President said he is not worth even $2 million. But the President was not able to state emphatically how much he’s worth.
“I’m nowhere near that [$900 million]. And in Ghana we have an asset declaration regime; where you declare your assets when you go into office. I am absolutely nowhere near worth that.”
The former president accused his political opponents for spreading such falsehood about him.
“That is part of the problem of leadership – misinformation. There is a lot of misinformation on social media, it’s absolutely not true. This was published by a partisan newspaper; this is done for political gain. I’ve declared my assets in Ghana; I’m not anywhere near even $2 million not to talk about $900 million. So this is the kind of misinformation that is spread about our leaders. Unfortunately every African leader will face same,” he added.
The former president, who is currently in South Africa, is expected to deliver the keynote address at the African Leadership Magazine (ALM) Person of the Year 2016 Awards Programme in Johannesburg, today, Thursday.
He will be speaking on the theme: “How can Africa win the progress race?”
Mr. Mahama is expected to be decorated with the African Political Leader of the Year Award for his contributions towards deepening and enriching Ghana’s democracy and his contributions in Africa.