Former Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mnesah has said he “cannot wait” to be given a job by President Nana Akufo-Addo so he can bring his experience to bear on the new administration.
“He’s [Nana Akufo-Addo] the president and I want to help him … I know he will hear what I’m about to say – his security will, whatever you are saying they are recording it and they’ll inform him – he knows I’m not dead yet, he knows I’m healthy enough, my brain is still working, if you give me a problem in mathematics I will solve it right now, so he knows I can help,” Gen Nunoo-Mensah told Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Tuesday, 9 May.
“But I know the party, there are elements in there who will say: ‘This man, what is he going to do with us? He is coming to beg for a job.’ I don’t need a job. … If he asks me to go to the Flagstaff House today, I’ll go there and wait for him because Ghana needs people like me to help, I’m telling you, I’m not boasting … I want to help, I can’t wait because Ghana is going astray and I want in my lifetime to move Ghana on the right track.”
This is not the first time Gen Nunoo-Mensah has expressed willingness to work in the Akufo-Addo administration. The former campaign manager of Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday, 12 February 2017 that he wished he could freely approach Ministers in the new Akufo-Addo government to sell his ideas about how to develop Ghana, in line with the president’s urge to Ghanaians to be “citizens and not spectators”, but the “gates” of officialdom are shut to people like him, who do not belong to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), thus, stifling his patriotic efforts.
“I can do it …” he told TV3’s Hot Issues programme, by putting “young people who are roaming the streets to work.” “It can be done, but we haven’t got the willpower to do it,” the former National Security Advisor to late President John Mills complained.
“I want to approach many ministers today, I’ve got ideas about agriculture, ideas about security, ideas about many issues, but to get the minister to talk to you, it’s difficult,” he observed.
Asked why gaining access to the presidency should be a problem for him considering that he could easily have access to the president, who he has described on many occasions as a “friend”, Mr Nunoo-Mensah said: “If I went to him [President Nana Akufo-Addo], they [the people around the president] will say I’m coming to him to ask for a job. I’m not coming to ask for a job, at this age I don’t need any more jobs.
“I have no problem with Akufo-Addo, I’ve been with NPP and I know the hardliners there, what they didn’t want – they think that when you go near the areas of power, you are going to ask for a favour, I’ve never asked for a favour in my entire life … I don’t ask for favours … I don’t need favours from anybody.”
He said despite the president’s call on citizens to participate in developing the country, “it’s not an easy trying to get in touch with them [ministers], they won’t pick your call, I’m telling you. You see, this is horrifying,” he noted.
Citing an example to buttress his point, Brig Gen Nunoo-Mensah said: “I wouldn’t want to be here and say things about people that will not be palatable, [but] I called one individual, I said: ‘I want to see you.’ He said: ‘I’m going into a meeting, call me at 4 o’clock.’ I never called him again! You [the individual] are half my age, why should I call you?” he wondered to the host, saying: “… So this is the attitude, which is sad. … I want to be able to talk to them, but I can’t get the chance. The president says we should be participants, if you don’t open the gate how can I get in there and participate?
“[So the president should open his gate] so that we go there and talk to them. We can build Ghana. Tell him that I say I can build Ghana. He knows me very well. … I was his campaign manager and what a wonderful time [that was]. He needs people like me – I’m not boasting…” the 80-year-old former military officer said.