President Akufo-Addo’s boast of breaking the record of any government in Ghana’s history in the fight against corruption was a personal opinion he voiced, political analyst Mr. Boakye Yiadom, has opined.
The lecturer pointed out that the allegation was false and could only be described as political rhetoric.
Speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he bemoaned that corruption has persisted and that leader after leader has not proven sufficient commitment to fighting it.
Mismanagement, bribery, and corruption have remained one of the reasons why governments and their parties have been voted out since the era of the coups.
The lecturer addressed a question about the fairness of the late Nkrumah’s ousting and the current state of corruption fight.
“Nkrumah was deposed because he was corrupt. Every government that has come after him has been corrupt. Those who removed him from office were no better than he was. Corruption has remained a huge threat to the government since then. It has deteriorated government after government.
The current administration has been accused of corruption and scandals on numerous occasions. Because he is viewed as a leader who clears his appointees of wrongdoing, the president has been labelled a clearing agent. These are not ordinary charges; they are serious, and as a result, the corruption we have witnessed since the Nkrumah era has grown. Corruption, inefficiency, and bribery are all aspects of our successive governments’ failures. It’s not gotten any better.”
He went on to say that Akufo-Addo could not make such a statement and that depending on where you stand, you may have a different opinion on corruption under this leader.
He also recognised that the office of Special Prosecutor was good, but the OSP’s independence in carrying out its tasks was a challenge.