Don’t make excessive demands on politicians — Ampiah-Kwofi

BY: Nana Konadu Agyeman
Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The General Overseer of the Global Revival Ministries (GRM), Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi, has called for conscious efforts to change the psyche of Ghanaians, especially with regard to the perception that politicians are people who have access to “all kinds of money  besides their salaries.”

He stated that most politicians desired to lead corruption-free lives but the incessant demands on them by the very people they represented had compelled them to be susceptible to corruption.

“For instance, most Members of Parliament (MPs) are perceived as people who have access to a lot of money besides their salaries and, therefore, Ghanaians demand a lot from them; if they fail to help, they are considered wicked,” he stated.

Speaking at a service to mark the church’s 30th anniversary last Sunday, Rev. Ampiah-Kwofi stated: “Right now, every parliamentarian needs money because people have the conception that once they have access to money, the MPs should be able to meet their demands.”

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The event, which was held on the theme “The Great Move”, took place at the GRM’s Revival City at Bohye Mango Lane, Haatso, in Accra.

Increasing corruption

Rev. Ampiah-Kwofi said Ghanaians’ perception of politicians as people with access to money had largely contributed to increasing corruption among the politicians.

“We make our people behave the way they do when they get power. There are abuses of power by politicians who do not use the power they have to solve the problems of the masses,” he said.

He pointed out that such tendency to abuse power had been inculcated in politicians “simply because we have given them the idea right from infancy that a leader is a great ruler who sits over his people, oppresses them and enriches himself.”

‘Leadership is service’

“If we really want to see a leadership change, then we have to change the way we train our people right from their infancy and we have to begin to tell our children that leadership is servanthood,” he stated and added that if conscious efforts could be made to transform the pattern of thought about leadership among the people, “we will soon get leaders who are servant leaders.”


He reminded political leaders and Ghanaians, particularly Christians, that for them to be great leaders, they must have the anointing of God that “empowers you to rise from being ordinary. When God give you kingship anointing, you can rise to every occasion and produce answers and solutions to every problem and when God lifts a man, nobody can bring him down.”

He pointed out that without good leadership, the nation, families and the church would suffer, because “it is leaders that make a difference.”