- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the clearest indication Ghana has not offered a military base to the US
- The President was speaking on the US-Ghana defence cooperation agreement recently ratified by Parliament for the first time
The President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that his government will not sell the country’s sovereignty under any circumstance.
“I will never be the President that will compromise or sell the sovereignty of our country. I respect deeply the memory of the great patriots whose sacrifice and toil brought about our independence and freedom,” Akufo-Addo said in an address to the nation on the Ghana-US military agreement.
Speaking on the US-Ghana military agreement for the first time, President Akufo-Addo rebuked the NDC describing them as “hypocrites” and “cynics” for twisting the facts in the US military agreement.
Breaking his long silence on the matter the president said some politicians are wallowing in the “largesse of the US and at the same time promoting anti-American sentiment to a populist constituency.”
President’ Akufo-Addo's address comes after massive public outrage over the military agreement with the United States of America.
The main opposition National Democratic Congress and other pressure groups including the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) have been part of a protest to withdraw the deal or revise it to safeguard the sovereignty of the West African nation.
The deal, which has been ratified by Ghana’s Parliament but yet to be signed by the president, gives the US military and its civilian personnel unimpeded access to certain installations in Ghana, including tax wavers.
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