Rawlings Supports Nana Addo
…Over Speech On Ghana-US Military Deal
Former President Jerry Rawlings has said the recent address by President Akufo-Addo over the American-Ghana Cooperation deal is assuring and good enough to erase fears Ghanaians harbored over the Ghana-US military co-operation agreement.
He is sure the speech is enough to calm the nerves of all those agitated by the controversies surrounding the deal.
Mr. Rawlings in a tweet was emphatic that the Nana Akufo-Addo’s speech should douse all flames sparked by the disclosure of the deal.
Rawlings said “though the president’s address was hard, it was important and timely to hear him and the American Ambassador (earlier) affirmed that there would be no military base established in Ghana.”
Mr. Rawlings continued: “that was my major concern in my initial reaction to news of the agreement. The spirit of cooperation, be it military or diplomatic has always been there, if there are details of the agreement that warrant a second look, such details should be examined to create comfort for all sides.”
President Akufo-Addo, in a speech on Thursday, urged Ghanaians to ignore those claiming the agreement is bad describing, them as hypocrites and naysayers.
The President said that he was outraged at some of the rhetorics emerging in opposition to the deal which he stressed was unpatriotic.
Meanwhile the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have over the weeks lashed the government over the deal they claim amounted to auctioning the country’s sovereignty to the Americans.
They Minority in Parliament had staged a walk out, calling on the president to break his long silence on the deal.
Rawlings’ tweet is a sharp contract to the feedback the NDC gave to the President’s address on Thursday.
Inusah Fuseini, a former Minister in the Mahama regime opined the President spoke like a dictator when he got the opportunity to address the nation.
Inusah Fuseini said it was unfortunate the president described people who have criticised the Ghana-US military cooperation agreement as “reckless self-seekers.”
Contributing to panel discussions on Joy FM’s news analysis show, Newsfile on Saturday, he stated that other Ghanaians criticised the agreement in exercise of their fundamental human right.
According to the Tamale Central legislator, Ghana is not practising a dictatorship for the President to exhibit an unwillingness to countenance opposing views.
“I was surprised because I have never known my President to be intolerant of opposing views,” he said.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher