Over the past week, Ghanaians were given a rude shock when it was announced that H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had ordered the arrest, called for the arrest, reported to the police for investigation or whatever of Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
This was after the Tiger Eye group showed His Excellency a clip of the yet-to-be publicly shown video on corruption in Ghana football, where the GFA boss was soliciting millions of dollars from unknown businessmen, who he was alleged to have claimed he would lead them to President Akufo Addo for juicy jobs and contracts. Other revealing statements followed.
Then the pocket lawyers in town, and we have almost 29 million of them, started propounding some law theories into the statement. Some say the announcement should not have been made at a press conference, others say the President had no right to order the police to arrest anyone. While they were at it, Tiger Eye expressed disgust at the conduct of the Presidency for what they called breach of confidentiality on the part of the President. They claimed, Tiger Eye, together with BBC, had asked the President to watch, but demanded that he should only exercise his right to remain silent on the issue until after the public viewing.
The pocket lawyers changed into full throttle and said all manner of things about the President’s conduct, only short of saying he was not trustworthy.
The question is can anyone impose an oath of confidentiality on the President, especially when it has to do with the credibility of the Presidency and the integrity of the nation?
Someone went abroad, and due to his self-proclaimed closeness to the First Gentleman of the nation, met with some businessmen and investors and promised them full clearance to meet the President, with full assurance of their deals going through as long as they would be able to part with a few dollars more; a few as in the millions.
If it is, indeed, the case that Kwesi Nyantakyi has been secretly commissioned by the President to go fishing for dollars and other hard currency, the man himself has asked the police to investigate the GFA boss, and we shall know the truth or otherwise.
Clearly, this video clip has sunk the image of the President, the presidency, and the whole nation deep into a abyss. The constant perception of corruption in high places propagated by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be made rife here to anyone privy to what Kwesi Nyantakyi said.
In this case, President Nana Akufo Addo has no choice, but to immediately react, and did what was proper – call in the investigative agents of the Ghana Police Service.
There were some speculations coming from the opposition that the video clip was shown to the President at the time the GFA boss was in town, and he waited till he left the shores of Ghana to Morocco before calling in the police. Such a speculation gives credence to the perceived corruption in the Presidency, for the Presidency had wanted Kwesi Nyantakyi to show a clean pair of heels. This does not make sense at all for his popularity and high image in world soccer, Kwesi could not run away from this at all.
Speculations are also rife, coming again from the opposition circles, that the President did what he did in order to have Kwesi Nyantakyi go to court and have injunction placed on the public viewing until the police investigation, and imminent court action had been completed, by which time the public viewing may not be necessary. All this was to protect the President from any wrong doing, some people claimed.
Such wicked speculations cannot, however, answer the prominent question, and it is this; who will benefit from the oath of confidentiality?
From the look of things, it is Tiger Eye who would benefit from this oath, because in its previous public view on the alleged corrupt judges, it got caught up with names which were not at all involved in any corrupt deals. It might have been advised to allow all those named and/or are in the video to watch first and give their views, and Tiger Eye making the necessary editing before it goes public.
Some senior journalists were earlier on air indicating clearly that His Excellency was mentioned in the yet-to-be publicised video. It is obvious how they got to know, and it will be obvious that they will also know whenever the President pre-views the video, and obviously, they will tell us.
So, the nation will wake up to the news that the President had viewed it and had remained silent over the issue. What will happen next? One can imagine the organised chaos that will erupt, which will affect the overall security of this country. Even after the public viewing and it becomes obvious that what Kwesi Nyantakyi had said cannot be held against the President in any participation in the acts of corruption, people will still swear the video had been compromised.
In all this Tiger Eye would have achieved its mission of naming and shaming, while the President, in the eyes of Ghanaians, would have been named and shamed.
As Tiger Eyes goes about throwing the first stones, it must be very discrete in its works and conduct, in order not to land at the receiving end. Already, senior journalist Kwaku Baako was alleged to have said that if he had his way he would have dropped some names out. Is it possible then that the Tiger Eye operations can be said to be selective? Just thinking wildly.
Hon Daniel Dugan