In the wisdom of our ancestors, there is this popular Ghanaian proverb which states that, "Beware of the naked man who offers you clothes." and if the instructional wisdom, this time tested statement holds, coupled with the testimony/opinions of these three (3) of Ghana's most renowned citizens, we may have to say to ourselves simply that, "Nana Addo's government, has no intent of fighting and ending the menace of corruption sadly.
Before, you even think, this is this unheard off blogger's views, lets just zoom into the influential persons, who made these damning remarks against the president, LEST WE FORGET!
Lawyer Martin Amidu, is no mean individual and for the President to have appointed him as his Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu must have some credibility in fighting the menace, at least according to the appointer, but we all know how it all punned out, as he has severally and again questioned the commitment of President Akufo-Addo in the fight against corruption.
According to him, the conduct exhibited by the President following the submission of the findings of his Corruption Risk Assessment conducted into the Agyapa deal has demonstrated that his anti-graft campaign is mere rhetoric.
Martin Amidu emphasized that “when I met the President on 23rd October 2020, I received the shock of my life when he demanded that I took no further action on the Agyapa royalties transaction anti-corruption assessment report for another week. That was when it was divinely revealed to me that the President whom I trusted so much for integrity only looked like the innocent flower of anti-corruption but he was really the mother corruption serpent under the innocent-looking flower.”
Again, the co-founder and Executive Director of Afrobarometer, Prof. Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi has questioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s commitment to fighting corruption, following the forced retirement of immediate-past Auditor General, Daniel Yao Domelevo.
Mr. Gyimah-Boadi said the recent development involving Mr. Domelevo only exposes the President’s lack of credibility in fighting corruption. “As for the President’s credibility in terms of anti-corruption, I am afraid to say it is in tatters. It has been in tatters for a while but this puts a nail in the coffin. I see Domelevo as a victim of well-orchestrated actions by individuals who are [government] officials and by state institutions,” he said.
On March 2, a day before Mr. Domelevo was scheduled to return from his controversial forced leave, the Audit Service Board questioned his nationality and age, as the Board claimed Mr. Domelevo should have retired in 2020 and is Togolese and the Presidency endorsed the retirement claims of the Audit Service Board and said it considered Mr. Domelevo retired.
Mr. Gyimah-Boadi could not fathom why Domelevo had to suffer such a fate, having demonstrated a keen commitment to ending corruption. “Mr. Domelevo was exercising proper constitutional and legal oversight, and officials and institutions that, Mr. Domelevo has sought to hold to account. The man was doing his best to protect the public purse, to claim surcharges for improperly spent public funds. One who is trying to fight corruption is one who is being persecuted and hounded out of office,” he had said.
He believes Mr. Domelevo was forced out of office because Ghana has a “presidency that is increasingly looking like it has difficulty working with [heads of] institutions that it has not appointed.” and apart from Mr. Gyimah-Boadi, the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Against Corruption, has taken on President Akufo-Addo over Domelevo’s forced retirement, as the CSOs had said, the action was an affront to good governance and the fight against corruption, but the decision still stands to date.
And lastly, journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, speaking at the 2020 Baah-Wiredu Memorial Lecture last year, classified the Akufo-Addo government, as the most corrupt leadership Ghana has ever witnessed in the Fourth Republic, as he explained that, the worst ranking of the former President, John Mahama’s administration on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception’s Index is better than President Akufo-Addo best ranking.
This, he said, is disappointing since, the Akufo-Addo government and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) won the 2016 election with a sustained anti-corruption campaign.
“I started my investigative Journalism in the John Mahama era, and by 2016, I was convinced that the John Mahama administration was the most corrupt administration in the Fourth Republic and perhaps in the history of our country. I said to some of my colleagues that, ‘no government could ever be, half as corrupt as the Mahama regime’ because of what I had personally experienced. It didn’t take long for the Akufo-Addo administration to show me how naïve I had been,” he had said.
The freelance journalist also noted that the NPP’s inability to speak about corruption ahead of the 2020 election as it did in 2016 says a lot about the “the reality on the ground,” noting that, “In this election, corruption is not a major campaign topic for the two main political parties. “This is unusual but understandable. So what is often the main running point for change is missing in our political campaign this season.”
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