General News of Wed, 8 Aug 201846
Christians, Muslims responsible for Ghana's corrupt system - Archbishop Palmer-Buckle
Archbishop of Cape Coast Archdiocese of the Catholic Church, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle has indicated that Christians and Muslims in Ghana are responsible for about 90 per cent of corrupt practices in the country.
“In Ghana, Christians and Muslims are responsible for 90% of the corruption in the system, which is a serious indictment,” he said.
According to him, much is expected of Christians and Muslims because their relationship with God gives them the knowledge to differentiate evil from right.
“To whom much is given, from him much is expected," he supported his claim.
Archbishop Palmer-Buckle who was speaking at the launch of an interfaith anti-corruption project ‘Speak up! Resist! & Report Corruption’ said, “if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem”, therefore Christians and Muslims must be part of the solution.
Archbishop Palmer-Buckle further commended the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) for waking religious bodies and faith-based communities to their responsibility in curbing corruption in the country.
He wondered why Ghanaians still engage in corruption after going through the educational system in Ghana.
The launch of the interfaith anti-corruption project titled ‘Speak Up, Resist and Report Corruption is a call to action.
The project seeks to enlist the support of religious leaders and faith-based organisations to lead the fight against corruption as required under the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP, 2015-2024).
Religious leaders are the most revered individuals in society. In them, a majority of followers find confidence, genuineity and purity. Per the trust vested in them, most citizens tend to listen and practice the messages they preach.
The teachings of our noble religious leaders shape the values of their followers and so GII is of the opinion that the anti-corruption message could go a long way if they commit to using their platforms to spread it.