Following aggressive protests in Accra the Ghanaians’s capital, the president Nana Akufo-Addo has capitulated and will not set-up foreign military base in Ghana.
The President stated during a press briefing on air that both the United State and Ghana would sign a defence cooperation agreement however, there would be no military base.
|A placard reads “Ghana is not for sale”|
Although the bill to stand up a military base in Ghana by passed by parliament in Washington last week. Ghanaian citizens threatened to protests all over the country.
“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,” he said.
Defence experts have warned such an agreement undermines the Ghana’s national sovereignty.
“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 assured Ghanaians.
He further stated that due to the current insecurity challenges being faced in West Africa it is more prudent to continue the Co-operation Agreement with the United States of America.
“It will help enhance our defence capability, and offer an important layer of support in our common effort to protect the peace in our region,” Akufo-Addo added.
Ghana, a major producer of gold and cocoa, prides itself as being a beacon of stability in a region blighted by coups, dictators and corruption.
There’s a constant palpable fear for the United States considering that it might be clandestinely preparing for war in the region.
About 2 thousand US military personnel are carrying out 78 missions in more than 20 African nations. American troops are carrying out almost two operations, exercises, or activities—from drone strikes to counterinsurgency instruction, intelligence gathering to marksmanship training—somewhere in Africa every day.
Last year, classified reports were leaked by ‘The Intercept’ an online investigative press that the United States military planners believe that the global power might be embroiled in a massive conventional conflict in West Africa. A war that might necessitate military invasion.
Despite this development, the Ghanaian military is quite adept at securing its own borders and has shown such military expertise when it trained US Marine Corps troops in Ghana last year.