Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe Demands Action: Defence Minister Must Go!
Former military officer and leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has called for the resignation or firing of Ghana’s Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, over the Ashaiman military invasion that occurred on 7 March 2023.
The military invaded Ashaiman following the killing of a soldier and caused destruction to properties and injuries to civilians. Speaking on the 3 FM Sunrise Morning Show, Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe expressed his surprise that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo failed to address the Ashaiman incident in his State of Nation Address (SONA).
He described the issue as a significant national concern that should have been given attention by the president. He further advised young officers to be wary of politicians and advised the military not to allow itself to be manipulated by politicians.
Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe demanded that all soldiers across various missions in the country should be called back to the barracks, as no soldier has any business bodyguarding anyone. He criticized the Minister of Defence for failing to advise the president properly on the Ashaiman incident, stating that the minister should resign or be fired.
He also highlighted that it was the superior officers who should be held responsible for the Ashaiman invasion, as they took instructions from a higher command.
The ex-military captain believes that if anyone should be punished, it should be the superior officers and not the soldiers who were carrying out their duties per the instructions of their superior officers.
Moreover, Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe stressed that the ministers of finance and health should have been fired long before now, but the president has refused to do so, which makes it unlikely that the Minister of Defence will be sacked.
In conclusion, Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe’s call for the resignation or firing of the Defence Minister highlights the need for accountability and transparency in the government’s decision-making process.
It also underscores the importance of ensuring that the military is not used as a tool for political gain.