Mahama's Land Issue: "Power Is Transient" - Sefa Kayi Tells Defence Minister

Host of Kokrokoo on Peace FM, Kwami Sefa Kayi has advised Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul not to descend into “dirty politics”.

The Defence Minister, at a press meeting on Thursday, addressed the former first family demanding them to vacate their residence as it was sited on a Military land.

He further decried what he termed as poor handling of matters relating to the Armed Forces, claiming the land belonging to the Military had been shared among government officials of the previous administration.

"…I am talking about the former President, John Mahama. I will say no more, but I am very disturbed about this. It is happening in Tamale, it is happening in Takoradi and Lands Commission is colluding to do that. People in Lands Commission were selling Armed Forces lands. Not under this watch, that cannot happen any longer, and anybody who decides to encroach on Armed Forces lands should leave. It is not in your interest. I am sorry; but that is the truth that we did not manage the Armed Forces lands very well," he said.

But Mr. Sefa Kayi has cautioned Hon. Nitiwul to be careful about the way and manner he conducts himself as Minister of Defence.

He advised him not to forget that “power is transient”.

Mr. Sefa Kayi noted that Hon. Nitiwul delivered a superb speech at the press meeting but lost his admiration when he began to pick on former President John Mahama and his family concerning the Military land.

"I try to be as honest as i can, i've my flaws like any other man. Please let's tell Dominic Nitiwul that power is transient, he should remember that. I listened to his press conference....beautiful press conference and then he introduced John Mahama into the element about some land issue and he messed up everything. He should cast his mind back, i don't want to talk much. If i meet Nitiwul, i'll tell him that he should have it at the back of his mind that he'll not be in power forever," the ace broadcaster stated.

Meanwhile, the office of the former President has described Minister’s allegations as iiresponsible and reckless, stating emphatically that Mr. Mahama and his family do not own any Military land as purported by Hon. Nitiwul.

We presume that the minister’s irresponsible claim is in respect of the current residence of the former first family. President Mahama has not appropriated or acquired any land or property belonging to the military and which he is currently occupying”.

Aide to the Former President, Joyce Bawah Mogtari revealed that the former first family currently resides in a residential estate developed by a private real estate development company.

It is sad that the minister with oversight responsibility over our men and women in uniform, who risk their lives to preserve the security of our nation, would descend into the gutter and dabble in propaganda of the most undesirable kind. This behaviour falls short of the requirements of a Defence Minister whose office calls for sobriety and reflection”, she added.