Ghana is plagued by the “ostrich mentality” – Rawlings
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has described as a crippling “Ostrich mentality”, the silence of Ghanaians in dealing with what he says is “corruption in the heart of government.”
According to the former President, despite the fact that Ghanaians are aware of the corruption in the governance system, “no one seems ready to admit it.”
“In fact, the one who admits there is a problem is often ridiculed by his peers,” he added.
Rawlings was speaking at a congregation of the University for Development Studies on Saturday, where an honorary doctorate degree was conferred on him for his role in the establishment of the university.
He expressed worry at the fact that Ghanaians have developed little capacity in speaking up against corruption which in effect makes “wrong pass un-challenged.”
Rawlings further described the silence of Ghanaians as “perpetuating anti-developmental tendencies,” which according to him enhances the “get-rich-quick” attitude of the greedy ones who have access to power and privilege.
He however described as not easy, the task of dealing with the “Ostrich mentality”.
“On my own, I have tried extremely hard to confront this “Ostrich mentality” by speaking-up when the problem is occurring, not after it has occurred. This is not an easy task, it is a crusade that must be embarked upon – speak up, admit when problems are occurring so that as a society, we can expose the cancer of corruption and apply heavy doses of chemotherapy to eliminate all the cancerous cells in our society and body politics,” he said.
By: Mawuli Tsikata/citifmonline.com/Ghana
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