The Reverend Can’t Say I’m Sorry, But Why Is It So Difficult For Many To Apologize?

Feature Article The Reverend Cant Say Im Sorry, But Why Is It So Difficult For Many To Apologize?
JAN 24, 2023 LISTEN

Frankly speaking, it will be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a wrongdoer to accept responsibility. Even though many are fully conscious of their guilt or responsibility for the mistake, they will never apologize. We need to figure out why people who have even committed crimes will struggle through trying to be innocent, even though a simple "sorry" may end disputes, calm someone down, and eliminate anger in a matter of seconds.

If Rev. Victor Kusi-Boateng had apologized to Ghanaians for his actions, the scandals surrounding the cathedral that have revealed corruption involving so-called men of God, including him, would not have reached this point. However, since he is unwilling to offer an apology, he chooses to attack Mr. Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa, claiming the MP for the North Tongu in the Volta region twisted events about the cathedral against him.

After making a mistake, submission is preferred to retaliation, but many are discouraged by the fear of the apologetic process. They also worry about disappointing their loved ones and friends and are haunted by the fear of appearing foolish in front of someone or a group of people since they don't want to be spoken about or associated with anything negative. Many people unconsciously believe that confessing their sins diminishes their honor and dignity.

Many people find asking for forgiveness to be embarrassing, therefore, admitting that they made a mistake is difficult for them, even when they are aware of it and sincerely regret what they did. Only a select few people have the self-esteem and ego power to admit when they were wrong, unfortunately, Rev. Kusi-Boateng is not one of them and his actions have provoked the Member of Parliament to come out with several allegations of corruption against him.

Rev. Kusi-Boateng can no longer deny that he is not dishonest, that he has a double life, or that he has operated his several businesses under two different names to evade paying taxes on them. I had previously said that the NPP is not inherently a bad political party because I could identify some intelligent politicians in it, but I made it very apparent to them that picking and placing their trust in Akufo Addo as leader was a big error. He is the one responsible for the failure of the government.

I don't need to write about this again because I've already written it numerous times. Akufo Addo's failure and false representation regarding the fight against corruption with impunity, as well as his involvement in several scandals, such as illegal mining and corruption at the ports, which ultimately had an impact on both domestic and foreign investments, served as an invitation for nearly all NPP politicians and officials, including church leaders, to get involved in corruption.

What can the Ghanaian populace reasonably anticipate from a government that has openly appointed corrupt figures like Charles Bissue, Eugene Arhin, Paul Adom-Otchere, and Kwasi Anin-Yeboah? What can the Ghanaians anticipate from a government that asked the Special Prosecutor to lift the asset freeze for a corrupt politician like Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie-Sir John? What Akufo Addo did was the announcement publicly that corruption has been institutionalized in his government, openly giving an invitation to everyone, including men of God.

Since Akufo Addo doesn't understand what shame is, anyone connected to him doesn't either. No one should anticipate an apology from Rev. Kusi-Boateng either if the president does not do so for his pervasive corruption, which has negatively impacted the country. How many times have Ghanaians asked Ken Ofori-Atta, the finance minister, to resign? How many times has he disregarded their requests? Because he doesn't feel shame.

Rev. Kusi-Boateng could have been imprisoned for tax evasion alone in any developing nation, let alone a developed one. The best counsel I can give him is to stop painting Ablakwa as a demon by pouring dirt on him if he doesn't want to apologize to Ghanaians; otherwise, he will continue to present more facts and proof against him.

As I often say, Ghana has to pass a bill that will put elites like politicians, high-ranking government employees, and even pastors that commit crimes in prison, otherwise, the nation will never advance.