By Sebastian R. Freiku
The Encarta World English Dictionary defines a lie as “deliberately saying something untrue that is, say something that is not true in a conscious effort to deceive somebody or give a false impression.”
Lying, therefore, is “making an untrue statement with the intent to deceive.”
The good old Book – the Holy Bible- instructs that to lie is sin. “Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another (Leviticus19:11), which sin is punishable by death. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, as in Romans 6.23.
Proverbs 12:22 also informs us that “The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”
Sometimes it is not easy telling the truth. We are supposed to be truth-tellers to please God and demonstrate the fear of God. Being truthful is precious to God (Proverbs 12:22); it demonstrates the fear of Lord. Furthermore, to tell the truth is not a suggestion, it is a command (Psalm 15:2; (He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart) Zechariah 8:16; (These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace).
Ephesians 4:25 instructs further: “Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body.”
It is a foregone conclusion from the above that it is more grievous when a Reverend (?) Father of a Catholic Church lies and sins as a result.
The question is: What happens to iron if gold can rust? Indeed, end times are here with us.
On January 24, 2018, Rev. Fr. Dr. Paul Atta Nsiah, Board Chairman of the Ejisuman Senior High School (ESEC) at Ejisu, in the eyes of this writer, told lies, when he addressed a press conference in reaction to The Chronicle publication that had exposed the abuse of female students by a section of teaching and non-teaching staff.
He hurled invectives at the reporter who broke the story and asked National Security to open an inquiry into the alleged ‘feasting’ of ESEC by the school authorities.
In an any case, why would students run to an outsider and complain of the ordeal they go through in school, if the school authorities, including the Board, had taken pains to address the concerns of the suffering of students at the hands of teachers.
By the divine powers conferred on me as a journalist, as mandated by Proverbs 31:8-9 – “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor,” I would want to prove Rev. Fr. Dr. Paul Attah Nsiah wrong for denying knowledge of the goings on in the school in his capacity as a Board Chairman.
By now, the Ejisuman SHS Board Chairman must have been reminded of his calibre as a Priest and should not have lied in the face of Committee Report that had recommended the interdiction of nine teachers one month after he defended the indefensible. Is Rev. Fr. Dr. Paul Attah Nsiah listening?
The Board Chairman questioned the veracity of The Chronicle publication which I had authored, and asked “what is the truth in all these? (Chronicle publication)” inferring that “contempt for the truth had overrun real journalism.” At the end of the said press conference, the Catholic Priest failed to address the alleged misinformation by exposing himself as an agent of Lucifer, by lying through his teeth when he had not even interrogated a single student about the allegations.
For the purpose of establishing the truth about the abuse of students, I will ignore all other issues he raised at the said press conference, because they are not relevant to me. If ever he revisits them in his quiet moments, he would realise he goofed big time trying to defend the indefensible. Perhaps, at an appropriate forum, I would address them after the truth has eventually come out with hard evidence. The Akans have a saying that “Twene anim da ho a, yenbo nkyen, nkyen” literally translated as “When the surface of the drum is there, you don’t beat the sides” (Apologies to my former boss and Director of Current Affairs at the GBC, T. H. Ewusi Brookman of blessed memory).
Fact is, the allegations of abuse are true and have not occurred in a day. They had gone on for several years under the headship of Mrs. Grace Amo Adjei, and if he (Board Chairman) had opened his eyes and ears well and supervised well, it would not have taken me only two weeks to break out the news and the truth he so much loathes.
As Board Chairman, is he aware that a 21-year-old student of the School disclosed on Abusua FM’s “Abusua Nkommo”, hosted by Kwame Adinkra, that the teachers have been feasting on them sexually on a daily basis, and that she and her school mates mostly engage in sexual bouts with their teachers in order to pay their fees.
According to the student, whose name was withheld, the teachers and the Assistant Headmaster prey on them. (Is Rev. Fr. Dr. Attah listening?) Did the Board Chairman investigate this allegation made 24 hours before his press conference?
A Board Chairman worth his salt would not disturb National Security by engaging it to investigate what a Committee, headed by a Class One pupil, could have probed effortlessly with abundance evidence as is in this case.
Did I have to raise the issue of abuse before he, the Board Chairman, would question the representation of the Traditional Council on the Board? Why indict nananom now, if he had been effective in executing his role as Board Chairman (I hope he is not an absentee Chairman), he would not have waited for two plus years to address issues with nananom, rather than organise a press conference allegedly provoked by The Chronicle.
Talking about evidence, would Rev. Fr. Atta Nsiah give evidence of complaints he issued and voices he indicated had been played at the press conference. I dare challenge him that he had none. Unfortunately, I was not invited to the press conference, else I would have asked for them to be played to the hearing of everybody and decide whose voices were recorded.
Four students, Maa Afia, Pokuaa, Nyamekye and Tricia (not real names though), have exclusively given details of how teachers and non-teaching staff pester them with love proposals to collaborate The Chronicle story.
What is Rev. Fr. Atta Nsiah’s reaction to the claims by The Chronicle sources, including students and security personnel, that teachers abuse students and even engage in hostilities with male students who are close to their “lovers”? If that is a fabrication and falsehood, so be it.
While he is lazing about going about his mandated duty as Board Chairman, The Chronicle would follow the case to its logical conclusion and establish the allegation of abuse. Now that my sources are ready to give evidence, I am ready to right the ills at Rev. Fr. Attah Nsiah’s school.
If the Catholic Priest is ready to take evidence of abuse from students and not try to cover up teachers, he would be doing a great deal of service to God, his calling, and the school he proudly presides over its Board, but declines to work for its good. I am still digging for everything about the ills at Ejisuman SHS.
May the good Lord preserve us all.