Call it a dark day! Describe it as a comedy of errors! The fact is Ghana is shattered from the ravages of the events of the past seven days. But my focus which should have been the earlier occurrence must now change.
Is the time right for us to take a more serious look at the impetus of government to clear the shadowy clouds that has been skulking the independence of the beacon of Africa? Or we have to leave the fight to the future generation? So, who are the future generations?
Corruption has not just laid it ugly hands on us like death, but rather calligraphilly etched on our minds. The back and forth emanating from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and that of the government, touted to win the fight against corruption has overawed my belief in both offices.
Time to stop this façade and put my pen to what I intend to speak about as what I have long waited for, was dished to me by a revered journalist in the person of Bernard Avle of Citi FM though the contents were not convincing but one which requires serious attention.
The decision by the ex-Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin A. B. K. Amidu ESQ, to resign from his duty signaled how players in their teen call it quit in their career sports as their performance is always met with questions.
Yes! In my previous writing, I questioned why the presidency is reluctant in firing Mr Amidu over the scarcely and inadequate information on the Airbus Scandal and his decision at the time; which he later clarify was to maintain peace in the lead-up to the election. I first met this saying in the books of Chinua Achebe that, what an elderly man sees whiles sitting down, the child eventhough is standing would never see. I still disagree with him on that decision but it is worth the current dispensation in which we find ourselves.
So now, has the fight against corruption been lost? Has President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo demonstrated that zeal and readiness to hold the acts of corruption by the horn and pluck them out? Why didn’t the president reject the resignation letter at least in the first place to validate his determination to eradicate this heinous and venomous endemic zombie that has eaten deep into our public sector?
The 40-point detailed arguments put up by government are very salient, especially to his communicators likewise that of the former Special Prosecutor (SP). Nonetheless, I think the government, in trying to prove its readiness to afford the OSP all needed support as captured in those 40 points has rather open up for more criticisms?
My advice to the communicators of the president is, please, don’t be in a rush to prove a point to Ghanaians but rather, any information you wish to put out, I will plead with you to read it from two main perspectives.
I do not think the presidency wishes to inform Ghanaians that it can bend the rules to favour some of its officers, as all that was contained in there signifies that though the President is aware that the former SP has acted ‘childishly’ and inappropriate, he, Nana Akufo-Addo, was ready to let it go, so as to prove his point of fighting corruption. It is commonly said, two wrongs don’t make right, two blinds can’t lead one another.
Meanwhile, the presidency questions Mr Amidu of what has prevented him from proceeding with prosecutions in the Agyapa revelations? Good one there! But if these communicators were to ask a further question of their question, I am sure those 40-points wouldn’t have been necessary. How swift was it for you to pinpoint the immoral and illegal basis on which the Airbus Scandal was not proceeded with.
It is noteworthy is to ask, “Has the President condoned to and superintended over an irregularity by accepting the SP’s decision not to proceed with interrogating the former president, John Mahama, all in the name of “independence” of the OSP? What a compassionate and caring father we have in you!
Dear Mr. President, has that one paragraph convinced you that much to believing that it warrants prosecution? Is it that you didn’t even care to know how the man arrived at those conclusions? How easy it is for the whole presidency to believe a comment than to access the facts?
What next? Your determination to fight corruption is increasingly looking bleak not because you have been cited in any of such deals but because a few of your appointees are frequently getting their names muddied in the compound of corruption.
My fear is parliament may not seat to vet anyone now to occupy such an office as outcomes of elections are not determine before casting of votes but if you may permit me, I will like to suggest the former Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, for her personality vindicates my belief in her. But aside her, look among the Civil Society Organisations and make a choice.
I have enjoyed your presidency.
Erich Joey Odonkor