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Corruption: GII begs Mahama over “inappropriate” comparison

The Ghana Integrity Initiative has apologised to President John Mahama for asking him to seek mentorship from Nigeria’s Mahamadu Buhari and Tanzania’s John Magufuli in his fight against corruption in Ghana.

The Ghana Integrity Initiative has apologised to President John Mahama for asking him to seek mentorship from Nigeria’s Mahamadu Buhari and Tanzania’s John Magufuli in his fight against corruption in Ghana.

According to the local chapter of Transparency International, the comparism of Mr Mahama to the other African leaders who are relatively new in office, is unfair and inappropriate.

In an apology statement, the GII said it withdraws and apologises to the President for the inappropriate use of the word “mentoring” in their earlier statement issued during the International Anti-Corruption Day.

“The attention of the Board and Management of the Ghana Integrity Initiative has been drawn to the inappropriate use of the word, “mentoring” in the last paragraph of the Press release it issued yesterday to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day and wish to apologise unreservedly to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama and, indeed, the people of this country for the use of the word. GII wishes to withdraw that entire sentence from the Press Release”.

Below are details of the statement

AN APOLOGY

BY : GHANA INTEGRITY INITIATIVE
(GHANA CHAPTER OF TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL)

The attention of the Board and Management of the Ghana Integrity Initiative has been drawn to the inappropriate use of the word, “mentoring” in the last paragraph of the Press release it issued yesterday to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day and wish to apologise unreservedly to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama and, indeed, the people of this country for the use of the word. GII wishes to withdraw that entire sentence from the Press Release.

We recognise that the President is the first gentleman of the land and must be treated with all the necessary respect from all the citizens of the country.

We wish to emphasize that the Press Release did not intend to denigrate the President and should not be seen in that light. We sincerely call on all Ghanaians to avoid using this error to divert the import of the Press Release which calls on the President to use all his powers to “BREAK THE CORRUPTION CHAIN”

Signed
Vitus Adaboo Azeem – Executive Director – GII

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