Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings, has decried the culture of corruption which is reaching down to the very roots of the African societies bringing about moral degradation and greedy quest for class and distinction in the society.
On arriving Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, former Ghanaian President and special guest speaker at the 2013 Second Zik’s Annual Lecture Series, Jerry Rawlings was received by the Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs, Senator Ben Obi, from whence they departed to Anambra state Governor’s Lodge on a courtesy call to Governor Peter Obi.
Mr Rawlings recommended that returning ownership of power to the people is one of the sure ways of eradicating corruption in Africa.
Rawlings also said leaders must not take away the power of expressing moral outrage from the people as that will effectively subdue the capacity to fight corruption.
He observed that it is widely recognized that 80% of Africans live on less than $2 a day and Transparency International had elaborated how corruption perpetuates poverty and how the two combine to force people to make impossible choices. However, while remarking that the media has the inherent capacity to help expose and combat corruption, he was clear on another recommendation.
Anambra State governor; Peter Obi also contributed, saying government and society must help in fighting corruption especially in the area of education.
For the special adviser to the president on Inter-Party Affairs and a benefactor of Zik’s Lecture series, he spoke in glowing terms about Mr Rawlings who he referred to as a true African democrat.
Though from all climes and nations, icons and sages may be brought to preach against corruption in Africa, it takes the collective will power and determination of the government and people of any nation to fight corruption.