For respected Nollywood actor Pete Edochie, one of the ways government can stop corruption amongst its officials is by asking them to change the way they take their oath of office.
Instead of swearing to the almighty God, maybe swearing with lesser gods will stop officials from illegally dipping their hand into state coffers he said.
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Chief Edochie who made the statement when he paid a visit to former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings also added that unlike God who forgives, small gods will always mete out instant justice if one fails to adhere to their rules.
“Ghana is a predominately Christian country, just like Nigeria is. If people swear by the Bible, they go out and steal. What about if they swear by the local deities, that will curb corruption because the mere thought of it, it will stop corruption.”
Known for his usage of witty proverbs while delivering his lines in movies, Pete Edochie was in Ghana to star in a movie by popular Ghanaian filmmaker Kofi Asamoah.
Not done with his earlier statement on the matter, he continued; “God gives you a long rope according to the Bible, the local deities don’t. The moment you go against them, they will kill you. If you swear that you are not going to take a kobo from the government and you do, you will be cut down. If you must employ culture to fight corruption, I am recommending that we start by making the government officials swear by the local deities and I think you must have some very strong ones at home.”
Does anyone agree with him?