Former President Jerry John Rawlings has lashed out at anti-corruption institutions in developing countries including Ghana, stating that these bodies had lost their integrity regarding the fight against graft.
He, therefore, urged politicians on the continent to exhibit some sense of integrity since that is the only way to save their economies from a total moral breakdown.
“If we can demonstrate to our people that we are providing a leadership of integrity, our people will make the necessary adjustments and put up with the pain,” the ex-Ghanaian leader said.
Mr Rawlings stated this when the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Rowley, called on him at his office in Accra. He said: “The integrity of our political leaders is what we need most on this continent. Some of our institutions that should be exacting integrity out of us have gone weak with time.”
Dr Rowley, on his part, said one of the failings of developing countries is their tendency to allow individuals to prevail over institutions, adding that there is a terrible price to pay for it.
“If we subscribe to the rule and supremacy of institutions, we stand a much better chance,” assured the president of the Caribbean nation.
Touching on corruption on the African continent, the former military leader said the emergence and integrity of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will have a positive ripple effect on the region, and called on Trinidad and Tobago to explore collaboration with Nigeria as well.