Former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Kwabena Opuni Frimpong, has accused Ghanaian politicians of abusing corruption to their advantage and profiting from the country.
He said that politicians, both from previous and current governments, have not shown a sincere commitment to fighting corruption in a news article by Accra-based myjoyonline.com.
Rev. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong claims that this lack of seriousness is caused by politicians who use corruption to their personal advantage.
“They are all benefiting from it. Now going into politics has become business. They are all milking the nation. Therefore, if I found the government official just doing this when I heard it in the room. It sounds like a cliché,” he said.
When Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the senior advisor to the president, called on Christians to lead the fight against corruption, Rev. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong made his remarks.
Yaw Osafo-Maafo questioned the church’s ability to have a positive moral influence, given that 70% of Ghanaians claim to be Christians.
Rev Opuni-Frimpong responded to this by calling the senior advisor’s call a “political sound bite.”
“Past and present governments have not proved to anybody that they are serious with the corruption fight. They have just made the corruption fight a political sound bite,” he noted.
Criticising the rationale behind Osafo-Maafo’s call on Christians to fight corruption, Rev. Opuni-Frimpong questioned why the government demands evidence only when its own appointees are accused of corruption.
“I was expecting what he said should come from a Pastor, even if they clap for him. Going back, he must ask himself what exactly he was telling us. Is fighting corruption a church business? What are we hearing from Parliament? The kind of things from Ministries and all that they go to Parliament for on the Auditor General’s Report.
“You expect Pastors and Bishops to do what? How many people (accused of corruption) even from the government’s own side even those that people have brought up, what have we heard? Bring evidence. Is that not what the pattern has been over the years?” Rev. Opuni-Frimpong stated.
He continued: “You leave all your cabinet meetings only to go and stand before innocent church people and ask them you are 72 per cent what? You are in government, you are on the cabinet, you advise the President and the question of why should come to him. Not to Pastors, not church members. So, to me what I heard in the room is a political soundbite.”