In the last two years, despite repeated promises to fight corruption by president Akufo-Addo, corruption, appears to be getting worse.
In the lead up to the 2012 general elections, candidate Akufo-Addo, during a debate organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), promised to use the Anas principle to fight the age old canker.
Today the Flagstaff House which is the seat of government is bogged down by corruption. There has not been any whiff of corruption, without the mention of someone from the flagstaff house. The place has become the kitchen where all the deals are cooked.
Candidate Akufo-Addo, made corruption a campaign mantra, and major issue, but it seems he is now overwhelmed by it, as he has become the cheer leader, clearing all his appointees who have been accused of corruption, which is no longer a perception in this government but apparent.
The latest documentary by Anas Armeyaw Anas’s Tiger Eye, titled ‘Galamsey Fraud’, has further exposed the lies by the president to fight corruption head on.
The president, who promised in opposition to use the Anas principle to fight corruption, has now backtracked and is now asking for the unedited video of the Galamsey Fraud.
When it involves one of them, it is not corruption and the goalpost must change, but when it is one of their opponents, they rightly label it as corruption.
The president needs to reexamine his approach to the fight against corruption, as a result of the posture of his government; we have become a laughing stock among our peers in the comity of nations.
We recognise, though, that no country is immune to corruption just as no country in the world is totally corruption-free, but the commitment of leadership is what makes the difference.
As a newspaper, it is our considered opinion that rather than dismiss the undercover work by Anas and label him as evil, the government, should study its details and use the information contained therein to identify its own operational weaknesses with a view to improving upon them.
When the Number 12 video was shown to the president, his first instinct was not to ask for the unedited footage, but to ask for the arrest of Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), so what has changed?
Instead of the country, winning the fight against corruption, corruption has unfortunately won the fight against Ghana.