On average, there are more churches in Ghana than any Christian country in the world and you would think Ghanaians would be God-fearing, but the reality is entirely different – Ghanaians are just hypocrites and Pharisees.
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We profess to believe in God but church going to Ghanaians are social events to show our new clothes and cars and nothing else and using Bible to swear our Politicians to obey the laws of our constitution with the conviction that fear of God retribution will compel us to do the right thing is just a mirage.
Nonetheless, Ghanaians fear Antoa Nsuo Nyamaah, a powerful shrine in Ashanti region – more than God and because of that, Nana Frimpong Ziega, an astute social critic of Kumasi based Kessben Fm, suggests our Politicians take their oaths to their various offices by reciting this pledge;
I, Kofi Anokye, do solemnly swear on Antoa Nsuo Nyamaa that I will faithfully discharge my duties with honesty without favours and will not take bribe or steal any money in discharging my duties as President, Vice-president, Judges, Minister, deputy Minister, Member of Parliament, DCE, etc. If I do, with the curse of breaking this egg, may the powers of Antoa Nyaama snatch my soul and send me on an express service to hell.
Buttressing his point with logic, Nana Frimpong Ziega cited an instance whereby Alhaji Saanie, one-time Ashanti regional vice chairman of NDC, challenged ex-President Rawlings to go to Antoa Nyaamaa with him if he (Rawlings) voted for Mahama in 2016.
Also, JJ Rawlings appeared before the reconciliation commission and dared them to go to Antoa Nyaama to authenticate the truth or whatsoever if he knows anything about the untimely demise of the three judges – Justice Fred Poku Sarkodee, Justice Cecilia Afran Koranteng-Addow and Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong.
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So, to the best knowledge of Nana Frimpong Ziega, corruption in Ghana among gov’t officials will be reduced to the barest minimum at least by 80 percent should we take advantage to let our culture especially our belief in deities work for us. There is nothing wrong here if that will stop corruption in society.
If we can pull this long-shot suggestion off, most corrupt individuals will not even think of seeking political office.