'A leader's worth can be assessed by the men around him' Machiavelli. Sometimes, I feel like giving up on Ghana just as some of our founding founders who gave their lives, time, resources, freedoms and liberties to ensure that this country became a respected one.
Joe Appiah of blessed memory did not understand the doyen of Ghanaian politics, Joseph Boakye Danquah of blessed memory, when the latter asked the former, in his cells at the Ussher Fort Prisons, whether 'Ghana is worth dying for'.
Dr. J.B. Danquah, just about a year before his second arrest and detention in 1963, wrote, 'All my life, I have pinned my faith in the Ghanaian that he is sensible and is capable of thinking as a human being. I do not wish to lose my faith in Ghana. God help my faith.'
All of us have faith in Ghana that is why we sacrifice our freedoms, liberties, risk our lives et al to do what we do in the hope that mother Ghana will be what we all want it to be.
I am sure that almost 48 years after what J.B. wrote, and 46 years after his death, a young journalist, Anas Armeyaw Anas, who has sacrificed his life, time and energies bringing to the fore and the attention of Ghanaians and the world, the various forms of corruption and misdeeds very much inimical to the well being of the people of this country, may raise his arms into the air and also ask, 'Is Ghana worth dying for?'
Anas, my consolation to you is: Weep not child, because the centre can no longer hold and the leadership of your country is no longer at ease with fighting corruption and doing what is right in the eyes of descent minded Ghanaians. Indeed, the beautiful ones are not yet born and the ugly ones refuse to die.
President Mills rode on the wings of his unmitigated dislike for corruption in its totality and anything near to it.
Indeed he had told the world that a mere publication of any act of corruption by anybody in his government or by extension by any Ghanaian would attract his investigations.
Today, video evidence of corruption is aired on national televisions for the President and his men and women of integrity to see filifili, but all the man of self-imposed unbridled and impeccable integrity does is to look on helplessly.
Yes, what has the President done about the video evidence publicly displayed on the televisions, showing the criminal conduct of some officers from CEPS and the Police beyond his populist move to Tema to pontificate on the corruption captured by Anas?
Is the Attorney-General not interested in prosecuting these nation wreckers the state has employed and who are paid by the tax payer but decide to engage in acts which tend to undermine the state and rather benefit those who are supposed to protect the interest of the state?
Yes, I understand that evidence collected illegally cannot in itself, be used in court, but there is a window which allows the organizations to use the available evidence offered by what could legally be considered illegal evidence, to embark on investigations to verify the authenticity or otherwise of the information so made public against those persons.
What has been happening ever since Anas came out with the bone-breaking information on cocoa smuggling at the Western borders of this country?
If Prez Mills knew he was not going to do anything about the exposures at Tema, why did he rush there for the cameras to say what he said? Just to deceive Ghanaians?
When Anas exposed the factory at Spintex road which uses or used maggot-infested flour to prepare biscuits for our consumption under Kufuor, at least the factory was closed down for a while until the authorities became satisfied subsequently that the right things were being done.
In fact, I think even the punishment at the time was not deterrent enough, but something was done. Egya Atta, your abhorrence towards corruption has not being manifested in your actions.
Egya Atta, right under your nose, foreigners are bribing their way through officials in this country and are engaging in illegal acts of not just mining, but criminal destruction of our environment. Yes, the police and other public officers are in the know and yet nothing is being done about these.
In fact, some police officers are bribed to pave the way for the perpetrators of the heinous crimes in this country.
Egya Atta, corruption has officially been given a pride of place in your administration, where a public institution can illegally extract a whooping sum of GH¢690 million from Ghanaians and yet not account publicly for those monies. Who authorized them to do that and on whose behalf?
Tell this country and the world your position on this rape of our resources deposited in a secret account without the knowledge of the Auditor-General who is supposed to audit all public funds?Continued...