General News of Sunday, 27 May 2018
Judging and pointing fingers because one person or another has been ‘fished out’ and is in the limelight for engaging in corruption is completely wrong, Founder of UK-based World Miracle Outreach, Rev. Dr Lawrence Tetteh has said.
Corruption, he says, is a canker that has found its way into many institutions and professions. The media and the church and the judicial system which even are to keep the citizenry in check he posited, are themselves more involved in corruption than the layperson.
He, therefore, sees no reason in pointing fingers and dwelling so much on individuals who have been picked as having engaged in corruption when the very same persons pointing fingers and judging are engaged in similar or worse activities.
“Do we want to face reality? …..Do we have judges who are corrupt? Do we have journalists that we expect to be as genuine as possible taking sides? Do we have lawyers who are corrupt? Unfortunately, do we also have pastors who are corrupt? If it is so, then we all have a collective responsibility and we should stop just pointing fingers but we should start from the grassroots. As a matter of fact, charity begins at home. I’m very sad that we all seem to be pointing fingers at things we all do, let us be very mindful. We should not be quick to judge,” he said.
He stressed rather, on the need for all Ghanaians, irrespective of their political and societal statuses or professions to deal with corruption right from its roots.
“We all have a collective responsibility to fight corruption. From the top to the bottom and to all spiritual leaders, we all have a responsibility. That is why I say we should all come together in a massive united front to fight this canker otherwise we are all pointing fingers; if all of us here are to be investigated…”, he noted.
Ghana has been fraught in recent times with numerous corruption scandals emerging in various public institutions and involving particularly high-profile persons in those institutions.
Most recent to have hit the news is the yet-to-be aired investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas dubbed ‘Number 12’, which focuses on corruption in Ghana Football.
Though the documentary is yet to be made public, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, last week ordered the CID to investigate Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana football Association, after portions of the documentary he viewed revealed Mr. Nyantakyi in a compromised situation, using the name of the president and his Vice to solicit money from prospective investors.
Kwesi Nyantakyi has been a huge subject of criticism particularly after the order. He has been cartooned and massively trolled with the caricature of the president in his pocket.