Security chiefs pledge allegiance to President
Security chiefs have pledged their loyalty and allegiance to the President John Dramani Mahama.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie; the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Alhassan, and Service Commanders of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) made the pledge Monday when they called on President Mahama at the Flagstaff House to congratulate him on the Supreme Court’s validation of his election in December 2012.
A statement from the Flagstaff House Communications Bureau said the security chiefs had earlier joined President Mahama and Vice-President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur for the Change of Guard ceremony at the Flagstaff House.
The Change of Guard ceremony continues to attract the interest of the public, with this month’s edition attracting many spectators, including students from the Commonwealth and Volta halls of the University of Ghana, Legon.
Also present at the ceremony were the Chief of Staff, Mr Prosper Douglas Bani; the Minister of Defence, Mr Mark Woyongo; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr Valerie Sawyerr; the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Richard Kwame Opoku Adusei; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Michael Sampson-Oje, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Real Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro.
The relevance of upholding the Change of Guard ceremony, according to the statement, was to embrace unity in diversity, where the three arms of the GAF the Army, the Air Force and the Navy came together for a common purpose.
”It also instils strict discipline in personnel, which is an essential tool for national cohesion and development,” it said.
President Mahama restored the Change of Guard ceremony on May 5, 2013 and indicated that the ceremony would take place on the first Monday of every month.
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