Bribery Why is Reverend Martey holding names of corrupt officials?Is he corrupt himself?

The Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey is a preacher of the word and has led one of the biggest churches in Ghana--the Presbyterian Church. The contribution of the Church to the socio-economic development of the country is enormous.

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“The world’s corruption is a result of its defiance.” – Warren Wiersbe.

Opinion: In deciding to write this article, I pondered over Psalm 105:15, which reads: “Touch not my anointed one; do my prophets no harm.”

But I found solace in Isaiah 1:4: “Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.”

The Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey is a preacher of the word and has led one of the biggest churches in Ghana--the Presbyterian Church. The contribution of the Church to the socio-economic development of the country is enormous.

Last week, he sparked a furious debate on corruption after he seemingly alleged that officials of the governing National Democratic Congress sought to bribe him to keep him silent from discussing national issues.

The Reverend is known for his piercing criticisms. So it is understandable when politicians try to bribe him into silence. It has always been the case in Ghana irrespective of which political party is in power.

In his back and forth outburst with government officials after he alleged that he was approached with $100,000, a four-wheel drive and house, something keeps rummaging through my mind: “Either the Revered is corrupt or he is shielding corrupt officials.”

He has refused to name the said official who approached him with the bribe disguised as a birthday gift to him.

And in Isaiah 1:4, Prof. Martey could be a “brood of evildoers” by refusing to name his bribers.

In all this debacle, what I find unimaginable is that he disclosed to us the person who called him, urged him to lobby for the chair of the National Peace Council and that government will back him.

Yet, when it came to the corrupt ones, he says he wants to stick to the issues, over  personalities.

“Issues of corruption, issues of bribery, issues of malfeasance, issues of reckless dissipation of public funds, issues of incompetence. I have never mentioned personalities because I don’t discuss personalities.”

If Prof. Marty was fearless in mentioning James Agalga’s name, he should be able to name the person who wanted to bribe him. Anything short of that will mean he is shielding corrupt officials. According to him, Mr Agalga, the Deputy Interior Minister, called him to urged him to lobby for the chair of the National Peace Council and that the government will back him.

And measuring him by his own standards, he is equally corrupt if he fails to disclose identity of the person who wanted to bribe him.



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