On 15th May, 1979, handful of relatively young Junior officers of the Ghana Armed Forces, led by Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, were arrested by the then ruling Generals of the Supreme Military Council II (SMC II) administration. They were slapped with charges of subversion and put before military court martial.
The trial had to be truncated by a Popular Uprising two weeks later on June 4, 1979;a mass action that threatened to throw the whole country into a political quagmire.
It had been the so-called mutineers? case that although Ghana was preparing to return to a civilian regime, with constitutional and electoral process far advanced, the ruling generals weren?t talking of accountability of their long-stay stewardship; although one military Head of State after another had accused the deposed of corruption, and as cause of the take-over.
The subsequent action that followed the May 15, 1979 initiative on June 4 had its far-reaching consequences to those who might be in the saddles of affairs of state, supervising or partaking in the free-for-all dissipation and or looting of the nation?s wealth, at the detriment of the vast majority representing the poor and the ruled.
It was at that trial that the first accused person, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, represented by Lawyers Tsatsu Tsikata and Adumoah Bossman, stated his preparedness to die on behalf of his other accused colleagues; engendering an argument of each becoming another?s keeper in the pursuit of trust and national cohesion.
The Republic today observes that, corruption has rather become a virtue than vice and state officials, public and civil servants take pride in it, although it is a canker that continues to contaminate and ?kill? national psyche that stimulates patriotism as well as nationalism.
The Republic, therefore, calls on the powers-that-be, to pursue the issue of corruption as nemesis that threatens the very core of national stability and cohesion and treat same as crime and enemy of the people.