Former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo Mensah has said that corruption is worse under the administration of President Akufo-Addo.
According to the former CDS, though corruption may not necessarily be new in the governance process of Ghana, the situation has worsened in the last few years.
Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah in an interview with The Ghana Report argued that the several corruption allegations leveled against the government of an otherwise ‘incorruptible’ leader suggests a problem within the ranks of the party.
In explaining why there is so much corruption in the country, the General admitted that the standard of living in the country has become too high forcing Ghanaians to engage in all forms of corrupt practices.
“If I was a young man, I had access to good life I would not be tempted but now we see our young men roaming the streets of Ghana without good jobs, why won’t they be tempted,” the General explained to our reporter.
He further argued that the President should lead an exemplary life by cutting down on the number of land cruisers as well as general benefits enjoyed by virtue of being a President.
He believes the resources invested in land cruisers and air travels can actually be put to more profitable use.
“I can build a whole school with one land cruiser. I will never buy a land cruiser because it doesn’t speak well of me, as a leader. We will leave this world someday and what legacy are we leaving behind, is it driving land cruisers or driving benz cars,” he queried.
He recounted how the late Zimbabwe President and Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah were both exceptional characters and leaders who put the interest of the nation before all else.
“You will never see them driving in land cruisers with more than forty others following them to an event. How do you get to see the suffering of your people, if you are always in an air-conditioned car,” he reiterated.