The president of the re[public, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has debunked claims by a section of Ghanaians that a security cooperation agreement with the US will pave way for the setting up of a military base in Ghana for the Americans.
Breaking his long silence on the matter Thursday night following the ratification of the agreement in Parliament, Mr Akufo-Addo said the “conditions of the Agreement mirror closely the conditions under which Ghana participates in peace-keeping operations under the United Nations.”
No Military Base
He continued that: “… let me state with the clearest affirmation that Ghana has not offered a military base, and will not offer a military base to the United States of America.”
The United States of America, he noted, has not made any request for such consideration and, consistent with both countries’ “established foreign policy,” Ghana will not consider any such request.
The minority in parliament who boycotted the ratification of the agreement had kicked against the pact, pointing to the sale of Ghana’s sovereignty but President Akufo-Addo thinks otherwise.
In his national address, the president who looked irked said those who kept telling Ghanaians that the agreement was to sell Ghana are “reckless self-seekers” who had been engaging “cynical manipulation” to lie to Ghanaians.
“It is difficult to understand that such people, knowing what they do know, would set about so blatantly to confuse people, and go as far as calling for the overthrow of our democracy? A democracy that has become the beacon of good governance in Africa? A democracy that has survived for a quarter of a century and encompassed even the most irresponsible episodes of ill governance, in a state of unity and stability? A democracy that has provided the framework for systematic developments in our social and economic welfare, and assured us of the longest, uninterrupted period of stable constitutional governance in our history?” he quizzed.
President Akufo-Addo said “in the fullness of time, the people of Ghana will acknowledge and condemn” those who are bent on misinforming Ghanaians on the agreement that is meant to help enhance the “defence capability, and offer an important layer of support” to protect the peace in the sub region.