Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah, a former chief of defense staff has said that President Nana Akufo-Addo will never request for a state residence as part of his retirement package when he is leaving office.
According to him, it is "morally reprehensible" and an "immoral act" for a country not so financially stable as Ghana to grant state properties to former state officials including presidents as part of their retirement package.
"I don't believe that Nana Akufo-Addo as president will retire and tell Ghanaians to give him a house. I've been with him and I know him very well, he has a lovely house and morally, I know him and he will stay there, I've eaten kenkey and pepper with him [and so I know him very well]. I can vouch for his integrity, he won't do it," he said.
Speaking on Class FM, the former chief of defense staff stated, even a developed country such as America which was well secure in its finances was not providing their former President Obama with a house, and as such he saw no reason why Ghana should do so.
His remarks come in the wake of the controversy surrounding the request by former president Mahama to remain in the official vice-presidential bungalow he was occupying currently, as part of his retirement package.
He further stated that the late President Mills would also have never made such a request.
He said, "I'm sure that if President Mills had lived and finished the eight years, I know him very well, he won't go and get a state house, he will go and live in some small house at Spintex Road. So it depends on the integrity of the people we are talking about."
According to him, instead of politicians hungrily grabbing for properties of the state when they are in power, they should rather feel some empathy for the simple taxpayers.
"We should have sympathy for our suffering people; the elections we just had told us many things. …Those who are coming shouldn't think that they can come and do whatever they like. Ghanaians have changed and they will change again if they don’t meet their needs, which are plenty..." he added.