Mahama’s 2015 Agreement With US Was For Africa’s Good – Bombande

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A former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Emmanuel Bombande has jumped to the defence of former President John Mahama on an agreement his government entered with the United States for a security pact in 2015.

This follows the assertions of Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul who is insisting that the agreement with the US by the then government was not different from what the Akufo-Addo led administration has signed with the US that has received so much backlash from many Ghanaians and the Minority in Parliament.

Despite the Article 5 of the 2018 agreement that says the US military will have  “unimpeded access” to Ghana’s security facilities, some security analysts and political commentators have said the security deal will not have any bad effect on the country

But according to a Facebook post by Mr Bombande who served in the Mahama government, the 2018 agreement should not be justified and be compared to what the erstwhile NDC government signed with the US, saying the agreement was in the interest of Africa and that “President Mahama acted in providing regional leadership in the 2015 arrangement” as the head of ECOWAS.

“Ghanaians will recall that in 2015, President John Mahama was Chair of the Authority Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS. The Ebola virus was wreaking havoc in Liberia and Sierra Leone with the attendant psychological stress of a potential widespread across West Africa. So it was not only to deal with the horrendous carnage unleashed by Boko Haram terrorism in North Eastern Nigeria with its attendant threat to West Africa’s peace and stability that President Mahama acted in providing regional leadership in the 2015 arrangement with the United States. The meeting with the US Assistant Secretary of State, Bisa Williams in September 2014. President Mahama had sought an international response to Eloba and Boko Haram’s threats. he traveled personally to Liberia and Sierra Leone and offered Ghana’s solidarity while appealing for International help by breaking the myth that no could travel to these countries. In the same vein, West Africa needed urgent military assistance to halt the surging threat of Boko Haram,” the UN Mediation Adviser explained.

Mr Bombande, in his post said the two agreements are world apart since the 2015 agreement “…was specific, it was time bound”  which “had a purpose and a mission.”

He continued that the “mission had an entry date and an exit date. The US Military used our Airforce for the purpose of assisting not just Ghana but West Africa and the Sahel in accomplishing the mission I have elaborated. It was not just the Americans who used our base. The Germans who joined in the assistance also had military aircraft at our Air Force Base.”

Read the full statement below:

Though I have been on extensive travel and not easily reachable on the telephone, I am pleased I could grant the interview now published on Ghanaweb. I could have elaborated more during my interview on the Ghana-US enhanced DCA but for the long distance and inconvenience of a not so stable telephone line, I could not. I now elaborate further on why the 2015 DCA agreement with the United States is completely different from the 2018 agreement.

Ghanaians will recall that in 2015, President John Mahama was Chair of the Authority Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS. The Ebola virus was wreaking havoc in Liberia and Sierra Leone with the attendant psychological stress of a potential widespread across West Africa. So it was not only to deal with the horrendous carnage unleashed by Boko Haram terrorism in North Eastern Nigeria with its attendant threat to West Africa’s peace and stability that President Mahama acted in providing regional leadership in the 2015 arrangement with the United States. The meeting with the US Assistant Secretary of State, Bisa Williams in September 2014. President Mahama had sought an international response to Eloba and Boko Haram’s threats. he traveled personally to Liberia and Sierra Leone and offered Ghana’s solidarity while appealing for International help by breaking the myth that no could travel to these countries. In the same vein, West Africa needed urgent military assistance to halt the surging threat of Boko Haram.

It was against this background that in offering assistance, the United States request Ghana’s support in the framework of the 2015 agreement. It was specific, it was time bound. it had a purpose and a mission. That mission had an entry date and an exit date. The US Military used our Airforce for the purpose of assisting not just Ghana but West Africa and the Sahel in accomplishing the mission I have elaborated. It was not just the Americans who used our base. The Germans who joined in the assistance also had military aircraft at our Air Force Base. Why is Kwaku Baako not talking about the German Aircraft which were also based in Ghana?

The context, the circumstances, the urgent need for assistance, the timeframe and specific details on how Ghana could be a staging point for accomplishing the mission of combatting a terror and Ebola threat informed the 2015 Defense Cooperation Agreement which is completely different from the 2018 agreement. Kwaku Baako completely missed the point and has to come again. The 2018 agreement is debasing to the Ghanaian spirit. Simple!

 

Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHZ

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