Recently elected president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been challenged by former President Rawlings, a known anti-corruption crusader, to vigorously pursue an eradication of corruption across-the-board during his tenure.
In a congratulatory message to Nana Addo, Mr. Rawlings wrote: “Your victory is a manifestation of the people’s desire for new leadership, and comes with enormous responsibilities, including a commitment to pursue an anti-corruption drive across-the-board.”
Mr. Rawlings who seemed slightly sentimental to be without executive power – following a castigation by some members of the party - did not mention the specific names of persons who must be pursued for their corruption conduct, but he is on record to have stated that some members of the outgoing government were corrupt.
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“All I can do is speak up. I find myself in a situation where I have moral responsibility and no executive authority. I would have wished that my moral authority could have the same influence. But that is not the case, corruption has infiltrated our institutions and their leaders so badly today, that they use some kind of lens to demonstrate that you can keep your moral authority, but this is executive power at work,” Rawlings said in an interview he granted the Guardian Newspaper in Nigeria.
The founder of the National Democratic Congress ended reminding the resident elect of why he was voted and commending him for promising to be a leader for all Ghanaians.
“The onus is on you to pursue a leadership that unifies the people, so members of the losing side have no reason to feel insecure. I wish you the best of luck, as you prepare to assume the mantle of leadership.”
Meanwhile, Nana Addo, upon the receipt of Mr. Rawlings message, wrote back to him. Read the content of his reply below.
“This is to acknowledge, with thanks, your letter of December 10, 2016, with its heartwarming contents. Our people, as clearly expressed in your letter, are confronted with huge challenges – unprecedented levels of joblessness, high costs of living, widespread and rampant cases of corruption, and deterioration in governance and in the quality of our health and education services – which they want addressed.
My goal is to provide effective leadership, which is honest, competent and determined to deliver, and address these challenges, so that we can put our nation onto the path of progress and prosperity, and, thereby, improve rapidly the standards of living of Ghanaians.
For this to happen, I would need the unalloyed support of every Ghanaian, irrespective of their ethnic group or religious or political affiliation. There can be no room in such an undertaking for witch-hunting or acts of political vendetta or harassment. No member of the NDC has anything to fear from my future government.
I am fully committed to pursuing “an anti-corruption drive across-the board”, as you put it, which will be fully anchored in the rule of law and strict respect for due process. That is the best form of security for every citizen of the country.
Once again, many thanks for your letter of congratulations.
Warm regards and best wishes.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo