… As he tries to look good in Akufo-Addo’s eyes
Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, a former National Security Adviser, who was well known during the Mills/Mahama administration for his forthrightness and frankness in his opinions on critical issues, especially when it comes to national security, has in recent times been noted for not holding on to such enviable virtues which many people from both sides of the country’s political divide adored him for.
Following the inception of the NPP administration, the good BrigadierGeneral has unfortunately let down his guard, and, as a result, been charitable with the Akufo-Addo government, seeing nothing wrong with the current administration, even when certain acts of violence which has the potential of threatening the country’s security are perpetrated by some groups of persons within the government.
No doubt he believes that Akufo-Addo needs him to succeed hence the latter. In an interview he granted to TV3 in Accra last week, Brig-Gen Nunoo-Mensah, who is also a former campaign manager for Nana Akufo-Addo , said President Nana Akufo- Addo “needs people like me to help him succeed in building Ghana.”
He pointed out that he wished he could freely approach ministers in the new Akufo-Addo a urge to Ghanaians to be “citizens and not spectators.”
But Brig-Gen. Nunoo-Mensah’s comments on last Thursday’s incident in Kumasi where a Circuit Court came under mob attack from NPP thugs has drawn many condemnations from well-meaning Ghanaians, including Bernard Mornah, the chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC).
Speaking over the weekend on Radio Gold’s morning flagship programme, “Alhaji and Alhaji”, the PNC chairman expressed his disappointment at Brig-Gen Nunoo-Mensah’s approach to the Kumasi attack which in many security experts’ view has severe implications on national security.
He said the response of the retired former Chief of Defense Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces to questions on the activities of NPP vigilante groups in the country was unfortunate, as he seeks to water down the issues and also failing to condemn the President for lacking the initiative to stop the vicious and barbaric attacks on innocent citizens and public institutions.
“This is not the General Nunoo-Mensah I know. General Nunoo-Mensah for the first time could not respond straight to issues. Uncle this is not you! You ask a direct question and I saw my Uncle trying to dodge, trying to look good in the eyes of the President or what? This morning I am not excited the least about the man I have always thought to be forthright,” Mr.Mornah stressed.
Members of the Delta Force stormed a Kumasi Circuit Court last Thursday and vandalized some court properties as well as freeing 13 of their members who were facing trial for allegedly harassing the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei.
According to reports about eight of those who caused the confusion were apprehended, while the rest of the 13 fugitives later turned themselves in to the police.