Journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has said he cannot bring himself to write or express an opinion against founder and Leader of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) and embattled ex-Board Chairman of Capital Bank Pastor Mensa Otabil due to the relationship he has with him.
According to Manasseh Azure, he risks incurring the “disappointment” of people like Otabil with whom he has a good relationship hence the decision to not pass any opinion or comment on issues linked to them.
Readers of MyNewsGh.com will recall renown pastor Otabil is part of 15 shareholders who have been sued over the collapse of Capital Bank which the pastor allegedly supervised incompetently as its Board Chairman.
In the writ of summons, the plaintiffs indicated that within seven years, the directors of the defunct bank including Otabil approved loans and placement of funds to themselves and related parties “without the requisite collaterals and in clear breach of the company’s internal policies and relevant banking regulations and Ghanaian company law.”
Outlining the failure of the each of the 15 persons sued, the plaintiffs are praying the court to order the defunct bank’s directors to pay compensatory damages to the receivers.
Following this news, many were expecting the self-styled anti-corruption crusader Manasseh Azure Awuni to speak on the matter but he kept silent.
Following the launch of attacks by a website led by Manasseh Azure Awuni on Bishop Dag Heward Mills, questions started emerging for Manasseh Azure about why Dag Heward Mills and not Otabil.
Reacting to this, Manasseh had this to say:
“There are people in our lives that you don’t go out to attack them after the story has been told because of the relationship you have with them,” he said. He explained that he has a similar relationship with Kwesi Twum, owner of Multimedia.
“I don’t want such people to be disappointed in me because they didn’t expect certain comments from me. If you cannot defend them, the best thing is to keep quiet so I didn’t find calls to speak about Otabil a wise thing to do,” he stated.
“In journalism, there are two things; the news and opinions but sometimes when the news is presented, you can give opinions. When Otabil’s issue came, the news was reported and there was no opinions likewise the lighthouse stories” he explained, “I want to put on record that I will never come out to give any opinion” he added.
“When the DKM, Duffuor, Kofi Amoabeng and the other banks collapsed, nobody called me to comment so why were they mounting pressure and condemning me for not saying anything?” he asked.