Friday, 1 November 2013

The Concomitance of Religiosity & Corruption In Ghana

Ghana seems to "have said to corruption, thou art my father: to the worm, thou art my mother, and my sister." Job 17:13-15. Last week's post, "Religion and Ghana's Economy," may have ignited a circuitous theory on a correlation between religion and corruption. This post I believe, places a forceful quality on the kernel of religiosity and corruption in this country.

On 28th January 2002, the Daily Graphic reported that Ghana Airwayswith a debt burden of $150 million, has been suspended from the clearing house of International Airline Transport Association (IATA), with government guaranteeing more than 53% of the total debt. This was the crux of the clutch. 

On 4th June 2003, the Independent reported that the management of Ghana Airways have scheduled a special night for prayers to seek God's intervention to save the "giant airline company" from collapsing. This all night service or better, the special prayer session was themed – “Christ Is The Answer.”


Christ was indeed the answer! On 22nd June 2005, the "giant airline company" finally gave up the ghost! The company's last words must have been from Daniel 10:7-9 "... therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength."

Ghana is the most religious nation on planet earth, "blessed" with a government perceived to be corrupt by approximately 89% of the adults in the country, according to two independent surveys by Gallup.

  
On the 2012 Corruption Perception Index, published by Transparency International, Ghana ranked 64/174, scoring 45/100 (if it was an ICA exam, Ghana would have had to resit).

Now, I would not proceed with this article, if I am told there actually exists a religion in Ghana, that "hawks" corruption ... (did I hear you say non exists?) OK, then let me perdure my circuitous theory. Why then are we so religious, but always high up on corruption rankings? Why do we always opt for prayer, when we seem to be reaping the fruits of the corruption seeds we planted? Are we getting conked by religion, or are we the ones getting religion conked ... clearly, I'm in a topsy-turvy, because the less religious countries are rather less corrupt.

Narrowing this down from government to public institutions is like fresh cheese on a mouse trap. I witnessed a morning devotional session at one public institution, and some few minutes after when work officially began, officials started "taking collection" from clients. Those who could "offer something to the Lord," got attended to like a priority banking client in Ecobank. For that police officer (also a church elder) on the haatso-achimota road, may he keep blessing trotro drivers with his special prayers, which he exchanges for nothing less than GHS 5.00.

A scientific measure of a correlation between corruption and religiosity may not exist, but the concomitance of the two in this country needs no litmus test.




12 comments:

  1. Really fascinating story about the Ghana Airways thing. It's very easy to not take responsibility for our own actions. That's why we seek answers in the wrong places. Great post.

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    1. Your comments are always fueling my writing engine. Thanks brother

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  2. I agree... interesting about Ghana Airways. Nice one again, Terry!

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  3. Great piece... Sad part is it seems to be getting worse with every generation.

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    1. That is my worry too brother. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Man i work at the Airport and any time i see the aeroplane i feel sad. It's now becoming a restaurant. Corruption is so rife in this country that a friend had to pay bribe before he was given his SSCE results. I once had a package through the Ghana Post office and had to pay some ridiculous amount but when i got my receipt, less than a quarter of the amount was written on it

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    1. And brother, what's even worse is we cover it all up with religion. I appreciate you sharing this, thanks a lot.

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  5. i also read in the news papers recently about the use of Ghana Airways as a restaurant. all attempts made by the reporter to find the owner proved futile. He was even told that it was sold to a foreign country's minister's wife. Eiiiiiii! Ghana. How can this be eh? Great article Budu. I feel sad to call myself a ghanaian. :(

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    1. Thanks Aku, but don't be sad, we'll vote Efo into power, that's when everything will change :D

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  6. why is it that we are the people who pray a lot. but also the most corrupt. one funny thing is dat, every friday night, almost 99.9% of my female friends i call will tell me they are going for watch night ..., eeeiiii... all night and we are the same people that commit the corruption and sin. God, who and what can save Ghana?... nice piece bro... keep ya head up...

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  7. thanks Edward, I really appreciate you stopping by. Your contribution here is duly appreciated. For the Friday all nights, we'll leave it for some other time :D

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