- IMANI vice-president, Kofi Bentil, has criticised President Akufo-Addo's Thursday speech to the nation
- The no-nonsense public commentator condemned the flashes of anger the president exhibited, as he defended the country's military agreement with the US
- Bentil expressed disappointment that the president did not announce plans to renegotiate the agreement
Kofi Bentil, the vice-president of IMANI Ghana, has joined many other Ghanaians in criticising President Nana Akufo-Addo's speech on the US-Ghana Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA).
The president had, in a speech at the Jubilee House on Thursday, viciously condemned opposition politicians for, according to him, poisoning the minds of Ghanaians against the US agreement.
Akufo-Addo, without mentioning John Mahama's name, accused the former president and his opposition colleagues of what he called "unspeakable hypocrisy".
He said the public outrage over the DCA deal had been informed by what he called a blatant attempt by the opposition to mislead Ghanaians.
The remarks have drawn condemnation from some Ghanaians and praise from others.
In a reaction on Facebook moments after the speech, Kofi Bentil criticised the anger that characterised the president's speech.
He also disagreed with Akufo-Addo's statement that the deal will be implemented as it is.
Bentil, however, praised the president for exposing what he called "NDC hypocrisy" on the agreement.
The IMANI vice-president said the Akufo-Addo government should have negotiated a better deal for Ghanaians.
He condemned the portion of the agreement that stipulates that US military personnel who operate in Ghana will not be subject to the nation's laws.
"Me, I just want this answered: What happens if a drunk US Soldier runs into your car and kills your family? you cant hold him, sue him, or sue anyone! what happens??," he wrote.
IMANI president, Franklin Cudjoe, echoed Bentil's sentiments, as he condemned the president's comments on the agreement.
He compared Akufo-Addo's remarks to Mahama's "purposeless lamentations" and "dead goat syndrome" comments, suggesting the president does not care about the feelings of Ghanaians.
"Not sure President Nana Addo was different from former President Mahama who called us purposeless lamentators when we complained about aspects of his governance. He even said he had become a dead goat that feared no sharper knives.
"Our current President just announced that he is a dead goat on this issue about the military agreement with the US and lumped my good self together with the opposition for expressing that we could have extracted more from the agreement as countries like Latvia and Lithuania did," Cudjoe wrote on Facebook.
The US-Ghana DCA agreement has drawn strong condemnation from many Ghanaians, who say it gives the US too much latitude to operate in Ghana without oversight from their hosts.
However, Akufo-Addo, in his speech to the nation, sought to allay the fears of Ghanaians by pointing out that Ghana has had such agreements with the US for decades.
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