I advised Martin Amidu to resign but he refused – Manasseh Azure

Investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has also added his thoughts after reading the current epistle released by Martin Amidu yesterday.

Martin Amidu has said that he only knew Nana Akufo-Addo was not willfully ready in fighting corruption in Ghana only after he took the position to be Ghana’s Special Prosecutor.

But the former Multimedia employee reacting to Martin Amidu’s epistle in a social media post today wrote:

“I have read all the 27-paged response to by the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to President Akufo-Addo’s reaction to his resignation. I read part yesterday and concluded this morning”.

“The response has a lot of substance, and anybody who says it is empty did not read it or that person did not read with an objective mind”.

“I must, however, point out that Martin Amdiu poisoned the substance of his response with needless elaboration, an overly intemperate language and a rather needless attack on Prof. H Kwasi Prempeh, one of the extremely few civil society advocates who have proven in these last four years that they stand for what is right and the interest of the state”.

“There is nothing wrong with him being the president’s friend. I am President Akufo-Addo’s friend, but that friendship does not say I should not criticize him when he goes wrong”.

“John Mahama was and is still my friend, but that doesn’t mean I should not point it out to him when his policies go wrong. So there’s nothing wrong with Prof. Prempeh being the president’s friend”.

“I have been uncharitable to Martin Amidu in my writings, media interviews and in my recent lecture, but he is my friend and I visit him at home and we talk”.

“So the point about seeing H Kwasi Prempeh in the Jubilee House is needless. No fair-minded person who has followed him keenly will doubt what he stands for. He has been critical of Akufo-Addo’s presidency and that does not take away his right to comment on a matter when it does not favour Martin Amidu”.

“Martin Amidu should have learned from the language the presidency used in its letter to him. The presidency used a measured and mature language that won the admiration of even its critics”.

“A strong language in a paragraph or two could have conveyed Martin Amidu’s outrage if he strongly felt the need to do so”.

“As a writer, I know some a certain tone must be used to drum home the needed effect, but to use the same tone throughout takes away from the message”.

“Having said that, Martin Amidu’s response puts in context the impression conveyed by the presidency that he got all he wanted and did not spend. The issue of his office has also be explained. Unfortunately, Martin Amidu buried that deep down the response and, in a country that hates reading, not many will ever get to that”.

“From what I know and from what I have read from both Amidu and the presidency, one thing is clear- President Akufo-Addo does not have the commitment to fight corruption”.

Then Manasseh made the revelation of telling Martin Amidu a time ago to resign a long time but he didn’t heed the advice.

He continued: “It is the reason I told Martin Amidu a long time ago to resign if he could not bulldoze his way through the concrete maze of frustrations designed to make whoever wanted to take on the establishment fail but he didn’t”.

“It is rather strange that Martin Amidu only realized the president was not committed to the fight against corruption when he finished the Agyapa report and the president asked him to ‘shelve’ it so that he (the president) would deal with it”.

“When Martin Amidu’s friend, the Auditor General, was hounded out of office because of his work against Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, Mr. Amidu did not need any more revelation to know that Akufo-Addo was not committed to fighting corruption”.

“It is also worth pointing out that apart from the interference, Martin Amidu’s extremely rigid posture and human relations could have contributed to his failure. It is possible to be flexible without compromising on your integrity or values”.

“To succeed as a corruption fighter, you must work with others. You must work with the good people and the bad people. You must learn to play your cards well and use people to get what you want without them knowing you’re using them. You cannot be an island and succeed”.

For now, NPP says they are focused on the election and won’t reply to Martin Amidu again.

It is good for them.

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