Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt, has come hard at Nana Akufo-Addo over his address he delivered to the people of Ghana concerning the Ghana-US military base deal.
The vociferous news editor and political commentator says the president delivered an address he describes as a “strictly partisan” address on the military defence cooperation agreement last Thursday.
Contrary to what his critics have suggested, the president had said in his address that he won’t sell the sovereignty of the nation for anything.
“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,” Akufo-Addo had said.
“So let me state with the clearest affirmation that Ghana has not offered a military base, and will not offer a military base to the United States of America,” the President added.
But speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Pratt indicated that he expected the President to address uncertainties about the deal, rather than taking a partisan position. He also said the president should have given the details of the agreement.
“I expected the President to take advantage of this opportunity to address the nation, but he failed to do that..He came on radio and TV and took a strictly partisan position, saying those who do not think like him are naysayers.”
Mr. Pratt indicated that the President’s partisan position was uncalled for, given that those interested in getting details on the deal were not necessarily “front line politicians.”
Kwesi Pratt also stated firmly his opposition to the deal, arguing that Ghana is opening itself to possible attacks from external forces by signing it.
“We all know that the United States of America is a nuclear power. If you sign an agreement with the United States of America which simply says that the United States Army is allowed to carry weapons in your country without specifying which weapons they can carry in your country you are technically saying that the United States can station nuclear, biological weapons in your country?”
“Is this an agreement we should be happy about? We have entered into an agreement which says that if UN soldiers enter into the country and they shoot someone in Mamobi, Ghanaian laws do not apply. Is that something we should support?” he quizzed.
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