Tema, Nov. 5, GNA – Professor Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Dean of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, has called on the Church to join in the fight against corruption.
He said corruption had become a major concern globally and that all and sundry must rise to fight against it.
Prof. Antwi-Danso made the call at the annual National peace project workshop organised for Presbytery Directors of Ecumenical and Social Relations (ESR) of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
Prof Antwi-Danso noted that corruption was seen ironically to be associated with politicians and people of high repute, however, corruption went lower to even the poor person.
“Wherever we see corruption, we see a big gap between the rich and the poor,” he said.
He said corruption included bribery, extortion, fraud, money laundering, nepotism, and influence peddling, among others and globally, there was a general concern to this increasing levels of corruption in the society.
He noted that, in Ghana, it seemed that corruption had become a tool to demonize political opponents and that political opponents would always want to take advantage of the other if there was any alleged corruption in the system.
According to Prof Antwi- Danso, corruption can increase criminal activities in the community, thereby destabilising the peaceful democracy of the people.
He said the Church seemed to have been corrupted also by the action of some Reverend Ministers.
That actions and deeds showed that the Christian community was also slowly getting more corrupted day in and day out and there was the need to rise and salvage the image of the Church as far as corruption was concerned, he said.
He charged the Church to fight corruption from within its fabric to serve as a liberating power for the nation.
He said, “if the Church was to fight corruption, then a lot of their practices and actions today would need to be re-examined, the activities of Prophets, Evangelists, Bishops, Apostles and some ministers of today leave much to desired.”
“Since corruption had found its way into the Church, it must be chased out to make the Church and Christianity light to the world,” he said.
Prof Antwi- Danso called on all citizens, the church, leadership at all levels to rise and fight corruption.
He added that institutions of the state must be autonomous to seriously fight corruption.
Source: Ghana News Agency