Anti-Corruption War Role Of Christianity Islam

quran-bibleIn the early days of Christianity and Islam there was hardly any doubt about the specific role of the two great religions as citadels of moral and spiritual teachings and upbringing of the people and were virtually devoid of economic activity.

In contemporary times it can hardly be argued that the church, Islam and all the other religions are insulated from the socio-economic and political affairs of the countries where they are located.

Rather it can be argued that the religious sects have become more industrialized than spiritual. Nowadays, it is much more common to hear pastors preach more about economic breakthroughs than spiritual and that any anti-corruption crusade to achieve success, the religions must be grossly involved breakthroughs.

Indeed nowadays it is very common to hear pastors preach in the following language: “You must make it by all means at 40. If at 40 you have not made it, then you are a fool at 40”.

In Islam and other religions the same pattern of sermonizing may be found. To the church and the mosques, these days, it does not matter how their members make it.

Is it any wonder then that the youth of today would do anything, including overtaking corruption and corrupt practices, to make it, not minding the damage that those practices do to the broad mass of the people?

Is it any wonder then that four people were reported to have died in the Synagogue church of T.B. Joshua along Spintex Road on Sunday May 19, 2013 during a stampede allegedly for what was touted to be a concoction believed to do miracles such as financial breakthroughs and deliverances from witches and wizards and healing of all ailments?
That incident is ripple effect of corruption in a society where the people are left with nothing other than “miracles”.

With hindsight, anti-corruption tsars have come to the unavoidable realization that for an anti-corruption crusade to make the desired impact, there should be the need to embark on the moral education of the people.

They believe the people need to change their attitudes to how they acquire wealth or financial breakthrough and to understand that wealth or financial breakthrough can be acquired without necessarily indulging in corrupt practices.

For all intents and purposes, the church, and the mosques where worshippers flock on Sundays and Fridays to worship have a paramount role to play if the revolution in the anti-corruption war is to succeed and if Ghana is to be transformed.

The implications of this are that Christians, Moslems as well as the other religions in Ghana have a duty to look inwards and purge themselves of all forms of attitudes and practices that tend to be corrupt.

This will avail them of the moral justification to sermonize to their followership, the need to change their attitudes to the practice of corruption.

The decision to engage in the moral education of the people is predicated on the belief that the criminal option alone cannot transform because for every corrupt person sent to jail, ten are ready to replace him in the practice of corruption. The same goes for financial crimes.

Anyone who is familiar with the history of corruption in Ghana will acknowledge that although reduction of impunity reduces corruption, what would transform the nation from a corruption-ridden nation to a corruption-free nation is the transformation of the people.

In the first military coup d’ etat of February 24, 1966 when the Ghana Armed Forces over- threw the government of the first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah and in all subsequent coups d’etats,  corruption has been given by the coup plotters as the  reason for their action.

So far the canker has defied all solutions applied by successive governments for its cure. The reason is that the mental syche of the people which had been crying for transformation had been left to rot.

Besides, it is a misconception to think that every unbecoming conduct has been criminalized. For instance, there are glaringly bad and uncaring governance attitudes to that are not and probably cannot be criminalized.

Yet they destroy the nation and bring misery to the people. The bottomline is that every society itself must be transformed if the corrupt ones are not to overthrow the rest of the people.

One way to transform the nation is to emphasize the compelling need for doing business with integrity, be it of commerce, of politics of governance or of administration. One cannot agree more with the view that the responsibility for this lies squarely with the church, the Mosque and the other religions.

The Christian or Moslem who does business in the name of Christ or Mohammed, whatever the nature of the business, is best placed to transform the nation in which the glory of God/Allah will be light into which bring honour to f the nation and to a nation that would have no room for anyone who does what is shameful such as corruption or what’s deceitful such as cyber crime or Advance Fee Fraud (“419”).

It is the duty of the Church, Islam and other religions to preach against corruption, not to encourage corruption with such admonitions as “you must make it by all means at 40”.

It is the duty of the Church, Islam and the other religions to preach against people who want to overtake by putting themselves out to be made what they are not, by all means.

Such attitudes breed corruption and corrupt practices because such people will have to bribe their way out either by paying money or by applying intrigue, servility, boot licking and backbiting.

When people see themselves as better than everybody else it is described as arrogance or pride which leads to conflicts and destroys life; but humility breads success and eliminates corruption.

The Church and Islam must stand up against those in the society who cherish inordinate ambition and would do anything to get to their ambition. This breeds corruption and destroys the nation.

In the revolutionized fight against corruption in Ghana, it is important that those entrusted with authority should always display honesty, morality and accountability. They should be seen to display little or no affluence.

It breeds corruption and destroys the nation.  In the revolutionized  war against corruption the need for the three tiers of government to make accountability their guiding principle may not be over-emphasized.

There will be a dire need for them to discharge their responsibilities vis-à-vis the 1992 constitution of Ghana. The three tiers of government should be seen to provide the people basic social services such as infrastructure, healthcare delivery, education and suitable employment.

When the people are suitably employed and job opportunities are open to them; and when the people can afford three square meals a day, corruption can be brought to its knees in Ghana with little or no effort.

Most people may fail to see the essence of an anti-corruption war, let alone a revolutionized anti-corruption war because corruption has been with us since the time of our colonial masters and this would appear to be the first time that an attempt of this magnitude would be made to fight it.

I think we should congratulate ourselves on realizing that we are all afflicted with the canker-corruption and that there is urgent need.

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