By Frederick E. Aggrey
Ghana was thrown into a state of anxiety as investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas premiered his much-anticipated investigative piece involving Ghana football on June 6th 2018.
The day saw hundreds of Ghanaians troop to the International Conference Center to witness the alleged corruption and corrupt practices involving gurus of Ghana football.
The International Conference Center could not contain the numerous people who thronged the place to witness the exposé. The gates to the premises were closed before the 3pm time that was supposed to be the starting time. A massive crowd had to stand at the compound hoping to get access indoors to witness the exposé.
Three people in the usual Anas mask, with one of them supposedly being Anas, were present around 3:30 to grace the occasion, amidst shouts and cheers from the crowd present.
According to some individuals present, some people came there as early as 6am to wait for the opportunity to get in, indicating people’s interest in the exposé.
When this paper contacted the people, some indicated that there has been much talk about corruption in the football arena, but due to the fact that there was no empirical evidence, people are left to go free. He added that the exposé brings to an end the era of excuses.
One person, who said he would sit there until the premiering ends, indicated that football administrators have taken Ghanaians for a ride, and was hopeful that action would be taken against anyone who is implicated in the video.
According to him, the football authorities hide behind FIFA rules and autonomy to loot and rob the country.
Ghana football has suffered unexplained retrogression in recent times, fueling heightened perception of corruption in the ranks of our football administrators.
Ghana football has seen scandals upon scandals which brought the country international embarrassment and cost the nation the hard-earned resources, with the Brazil World Cup incident being the recent.
The President, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo lodged a formal complaint to the Ghana Police Service over Nyantakyi allegedly using his name and that of the Vice President, H. E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to extort money from supposed investors, per the Anas exposé.
Ghanaians have already hailed the exploits of Anas, and have called for stringent actions against individuals found culpable in the exposé.