Wife of embattled former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, still cannot fathom what might have caused her husband to fall for the tricks of investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and his Tiger Eye PI team.
However, she believes her husband must have been under the influence of ‘black powers’ known in local parlance as ‘juju’ to have done what he did.
Mrs Christine-Marie Nyantakyi in an interview on Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, monitored by Today said, her husband who is an astute lawyer was too meticulous to have been caught on camera taking money for a non-existent sponsorship deal.
When the host asked if he could have been under a spell or some incantations, she responded in the affirmative.
Mrs Nyantakyi said her husband initially had some doubts about the deal but went ahead after he felt convinced by Abu, who was a member of Tiger Eye.
She also discounted the claims that her husband is a rich man,
According to her, her husband who was the longest-serving GFA
President and worked with FIFA and CAF “does not have money”.
“If someone has money, you can judge by the kind of house they live in and the kind of car they drive. People should take time and come and see where we live, if my husband has the kind of money, we wouldn’t be living there,” she stressed.
Mrs Nyantakyi, therefore, noted that the portrayal of her husband as a rich man was borne out of malice.
Even the house they live in now, she said, the former GFA boss built with money from his law firm.
“My husband has been a lawyer so that house that Kwesi has is his personal money he used to build,” she stated.
On how they intend to survive now that her husband is jobless, Mrs Nyantakyi said: “God will provide”.
She went on to reveal that before the screening of Anas’ Number 12 documentary, which exposed her husband as a bribe-taker, blackmailers demanded they pay $150,000 as bribe to kill the story.
She said they could only garner $100,000, which was paid to the blackmailers, who later insisted that until the balance of $50,000 was added, they would not kill the story.
According to her, “apparently, we became so desperate when we realised that all that they presented to us were false, so, we tried to make some interventions, and they proposed that he pays some money. They proposed $150,000; my husband couldn’t afford it, so, he gave out $100,000 dollars, and they came back to him and said the person says you need to add $50,000, and he said: ‘Well, I don’t have it’; that’s all that I have’.”
She said the blackmailers later returned the money in instalments after the screening took place.
“They brought $40,000 first; and then later on, they brought $60,000 dollars. I have not gathered the courage to watch the full video, because the small that I watched, I knew that the way he is talking; that is not my husband; something might have gone wrong”, she said.
Notwithstanding, Mrs Nyantakyi, pleaded with Ghanaians to be measured in their condemnation of her husband banned by FIFA for life, following the Number 12 documentary.
She doubted if anyone’s integrity would survive under the circumstances her beleaguered husband found himself.
“If he had known, I am sure that things that he said or did; he wouldn’t have done them…That you come to me; deceive me and then I follow you; for you to do this to me,” she said.
She indicated that it was unfair to her husband to have been recorded when he was having a private conversation with an investigator feigning as an investor.
“I mean we are all human beings…the conversations that we have every day amongst us as friends, as associates and business partners, if those conversations are taken out, all of us will be in trouble.
“The sociologists will tell you that ‘human beings are complex beings’; as soon as a light is thrown on you; your behaviour, your demeanour, your gestures change; so you talk to somebody knowing that there’s no one else watching you, there are no cameras, and then all of a sudden; everything is in the open”, she averred.
Kwesi Nyantakyi was filmed by the journalist-turned-private investigator, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, demanding monies in excess of $11 million ostensibly to settle some of Ghana’s top politicians including the president, his vice and some ministers of state.
He told the fake business investor, he could “take over the whole country” if he parted with millions in exchange for huge government contracts.
In what was deemed an unethical behaviour, the then President of the Ghana Football Association planned to set up an agency to collect a percentage of sponsorship for the Ghana Premier League which he was securing with the fake investor.
The documentary was broadcast to packed audiences in Accra and Kumasi in June and made Ghana’s football officials a laughing stock on social media.
Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned from his FA, WAFU, CAF and FIFA posts days after the video broadcast and was placed under a 90-day ban which was extended by another 45 days before the life ban.
Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH
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