I have not betrayed my father – Kweku Baako

Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Newspaper, Kweku Baako, has brushed aside claims that he has abandoned his father’s political ideology by joining forces with the British to vilify prominent Africans.

Kweku Baako said since news broke on Kwesi Nyantakyi’s involvement in the yet-to-be aired documentary by investigative journalists Anas Aremeyaw Anas, he has received messages from politicians and friends who have accused him of practically selling his conscience to the British.

In a secret audio-visual recording by Anas, titled, “Number 12”, the president of the Ghana Football Association, GFA, is heard saying, “I have President Akufo-Addo in my pocket and can secure any contract, it’s just a matter of paying”.

He adds: “Ghana is the easiest place to do business. All you have to do is pay the president $5 million and pay the vice president $3 million and we will control this country.”

President Akufo-Addo reported him on Tuesday, 22 May after having been privy to investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 undercover documentary.

Kweku Baako said these on Joy FM’s news analysis show “News File” on Saturday.

“People have sent me messages accusing me of joining forces with white and I have betrayed the political ideology of my father, but I disagree. I have not betrayed my father in anyway.

“Another school of thought is the investigation was going to deny Africa the 2026 World Cup hosting rights because the BBC was going to use the video against Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is very influential in FIFA and could campaign for Morocco, who have expressed interest,” he said.

The documentary, which is centered on football and politics, was conducted by Tiger Eye PI in partnership with the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC.

Kofi Baako

Kweku Baako’s father, Kofi Baako was a sportsman, teacher and politician. He served as Minister for Defence in the Nkrumah government during the First Republic of Ghana until it was overthrown in 1966.

He was also as Minister for various other Ministries throughout the reign of the Convention People’s Party.

Kofi Baako was appointed a Minister of State by Kwame Nkrumah in his colonial government prior to independence.

He continued in various capacities throughout the duration of the Nkrumah government. In the earlier years of the government, he was Minister for Education and Information.

He was for sometime, the youngest minister not only in Ghana but in the whole of the British Commonwealth of Nations. He was appointed into office when he was only 29 years old.

Baako served as Minister for Defence between September 1961 and 24 February 1966.

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