President Akufo-Addo is set to speak on the controversial military agreement between Ghana and the United States today Thursday, April 5, 2018. The address which will be broadcast live on various local media platforms at 8pm, will be the president’s first commentary on the matter since it became public.
It comes as the Minority continues to question the President’s silence on the deal which was passed by a one-sided parliament after a cabinet endorsement.
In an open letter to the President, minority spokesperson on foreign affairs Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa described the president’s silence on the issue as “cold and unusual”.
“Your Excellency, I am compelled to write this open letter for your urgent attention due to your rather unusual, strange and uncharacteristic but determined cold silence on the most crucial issue agitating the minds of Ghanaians, thus “the agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Ghana on Defence Cooperation, the Status of United States Forces, and Access to and Use of Agreed Facilities and Areas in the Republic of Ghana” which your majority Members of Parliament defiantly ratified on the 23rd of March, 2018 to conclude the processes you and your Government initiated,” Ablakwa wrote.
However, Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid on Asempa FM Wednesday, dropped the hint of the President’s readiness to break his silence on the issue which last week drove thousands onto the streets in protest.
The protestors had argued among others that the deal was inimical to the interests of Ghana as it amounted to, among other issues, granting access for the US to set up a military base in Ghana, a move they said would make the country a target of anti-US terrorists.
Government spokespersons, including Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul have vehemently denied any permission for the US to set up a military base in Ghana, but the demonstrators maintained the deal, already approved by parliament, amounts to no deal at all as it has nothing beneficial to Ghana.
The Information Minister has already indicated that the demonstration last week won’t change anything in the pact as it was wrongly predicated on the suspicion that there was a ‘military base’ in the deal when there was no such thing.
Asked what would likely constitute the President’s point of view, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said Nana Addo would assure the nation that nothing untoward had been visited upon the nation and that no deal has been agreed to set up a US military deal in Ghana.
“Insha Allah!” he affirmed repeatedly, that the President would speak to the issue, “before the week is over, hopefully, tomorrow”, he assured his host.
The President has been silent on the agreement since aspects of it leaked into the media ahead of its speedy passage on March 23 by Parliament, leading to calls for him to clear the air on lingering questions.