General News of Thursday, 31 December 2015
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has stressed on the need to re-ignite the spirit of fighting corruption, containing greed and selfishness amongst Ghanaians.
He said it was only through such a move that Ghana could be able to reach its destination.
Speaking at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Revolution Square in Accra Thursday morning to mark the 34th anniversary of the 31st December Revolution, the former President said corruption, greed and selfishness was the order of the day in present day Ghana.
“From what I can see, it appears that, the colour of this democracy is very different from the power of democracy we knew from 1982 to 1992 and also very different from the colour of the democracy we knew from the constitutional period of 1992 to 2000.”
According to the former President, “the colour of the democracy especially from the year 2000 appears to lack the will, the capacity and the ability to fight corruption.”
Former President Rawlings who was speaking after lighting the perpetual flame at the yearly ritual and comparing the June 4th and December 31st revolts and revolutions to present day Ghana said, “the colour of those revolutions contained a strong sense of justice, truthfulness and freedom and the spirit of defiance.”
“It seems a little too different from what we used to know from the spirit of defiance that could contain, the greed, selfishness, that has given rise to so much corruption and pain in this country.”
“I keep reminding ourselves of the colours of the revolution. It’s extremely important that we do everything possible to recapture that spirit before it becomes too late.”
“I keep saying the people of this country are peace loving people and it is important that we do not take a peace loving nature of Ghanaians for granted.”