General News of Friday, 6 April 2018
President Akufo-Addo has said his administration’s ‘openness and transparency’ in the military pact between Ghana and the United States has exposed the hypocrisy of the main opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC).
“But for this decision to be open about this agreement, how else would we, the people of Ghana, have ever known that, for several decades, Ghana has had defence and security co-operation collaborations with the United States of America? How else would we have known that, in some instances, we have provided them with facilities for the movement of personnel and equipment to help some of our neighbours who were facing security and health challenges?” Mr. Akufo-Addo questioned in his first public commentary on the Defense deal.
He continued: “And how else would we have exposed the unspeakable hypocrisy of the fraternity of some frontline politicians, who make a habit of running with the hares and hunting with the hounds, who secretly wallow in the largesse of the United States of America, whilst, at the same time, promote anti-American sentiments to a populist constituency?” the President wondered in his national broadcast on the controversial deal which has been criticized by the opposition NDC and former President John Mahama.
Meanwhile, he has affirmed, in no uncertain terms, that Ghana has “not offered a military base, and will not offer a military base to the United States of America.”
According to President Akufo-Addo, “the United States of America has not made any request for such consideration and, consistent with our established foreign policy, we will not consider any such request.”