- Defense minister says the 'military' agreement with the US can't be canceled
- Mahama's administration has been blamed for the controversial Ghana-US military agreement
- There are concerns the agreement could expose Ghana to terrorist attacks
The government says there is no going back on the military deal with the United States. The defense minister says the agreement was signed way back in 1998 and they are just renewing it.
“We have already signed a 1998 agreement, we have signed the 2015 agreement and we have already caught ourselves in this net and we cannot back out because this is just a combination of the two agreements,” the minister revealed in a press encounter.
The government jabbed the minority NDC for criticising the US-Ghana "military base" deal.
Following the leakage of a memo written by the defense minister on how Ghana had signed an agreement for a military cooperation, the opposition NDC argued that not only is the agreement dangerous but also a sell-out of Ghana's sovereignty to the United States.
In a fierce response to these claims and criticisms, the defense minister, Dominic Nitiwul revealed that past administrations under Mahama and Jerry Rawlings saw the controversial agreement passed.
According to the minister, the recent agreement signed by the government with the US is just a renewal of the same contract signed by the former minister of foreign affairs, Hanna Tetteh.
“The NDC went to sign this thing in the dark but we said we will take it to Parliament before we will sign it. We haven’t sold Ghana, they are the people who sold Ghana,” he revealed in a press conference.
There are fears that the deal between Ghana and the US to "establish a military base in the country" could spell doom for Ghana's security.
Security expert, Dr. Vladmir Antwi Danso, is warning that the decision by Ghana to host US troops could expose the country to terrorist attacks.
So far, America remains the major country in the world very exposed to terrorist groups like ISIS. It is for this reason that almost all countries that openly declare their allegiance to America expose themselves to terrorist attacks from the enemy of America.
Meanwhile, the former minister for foreign affairs, Hanna Tetteh, is yet to respond to these claims and so it the case with the leadership of the NDC is yet to officially respond to these claims by the government.
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